Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
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In 1996, he was appointed King County Executive after the previous holder of the office, Gary Locke, was elected governor of Washington. He was re-elected by wide margins to the position in 1997, 2001, and 2005.
On February 2, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sims to become Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Sims' nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 6, 2009 and he was sworn in on May 8, 2009. As the second most senior official at HUD, Sims is charged with managing the Department's day-to-day operations, a nearly $39 billion annual operating budget, and the agency's 8,500 employees.
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