President Barack Obama intends to nominate Mexico-born Maria Contreras-Sweet, a former California cabinet secretary, to be head of the Small Business Administration, according to a White House official.
Obama will announce Contreras-Sweet's selection at an event Wednesday, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the nomination by name ahead of the announcement. Obama's selection had been the subject of intense interest among Hispanic leaders who wanted to ensure they had a high-profile presence in the administration. (AP)