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Both announcements make it clear that Obama knows that women, through his nomination of Pritzker, and Ohio, a pivotal state, matter in presidential elections.
A fundraising strategist and heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune Pritzker, 54, has 25 years of managerial experience in industry, and is a real estate and financial expert. She is rich, smart, and a woman.
"Penny understands that just as great companies strengthen the community around them, strong communities and skilled workers also help communities strive," said Obama in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com. "Penny is one of our country's most distinguished business leaders."
The president called Pritzker a skilled and respected entrepreneur that he takes pride in nominating as a member of his cabinet.
Pritzker is a member of the prestigious Pritzker family and co-founder and chairman of Artemis Real Estates Partners and PSP Capital Partners. She made the 2011 list of Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans as the 26th richest person in the nation, with an estimated U.S. worth of 1.7 billion.