The U.S. Senate has confirmed Penny Pritzker, heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune, as the 38th Secretary of the Department of Commerce. The confirmation was met with praise by the national lodging industry. "We celebrate today with Penny Pritzker on her successful confirmation to be the next Secretary of Commerce, and are grateful to the members of the Senate for their strong support of her. This tremendous bipartisan vote serves to reinforce what both the President and the business community already recognized: that Pritzker's extensive experience with job creation, business growth, and civic involvement is exactly what is needed at this time for our economy," said AH&LA President and CEO Katherine Lugar.

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