President Barack Obama Friday nominated former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus to be Secretary of the Navy, choosing a supporter with a two-year career in the service, reports say. If confirmed, Mabus, 60, would succeed Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter. The secretary is the civilian leader of the service.

In May 2007, Governor Mabus endorsed Obama for president, and served as senior adviser and surrogate speaker to the campaign.

A White House announcement noted, Ray Mabus has served as Governor of Mississippi, Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Chairman and CEO of Foamex, a large manufacturing company. As the youngest governor of Mississippi in more than 100 years at the time of his election, he stressed education and job creation.

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