Ex-Democrat Wilbur Ross Makes Some Republicans Nervous At Confirmation Hearing By Chris Arnold • Jan 18, 2017 TweetShareGoogle+Email Tags: wilbur rossTrump CabinetDonald TrumpTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Sen. Gardner Assess Ross's Qualifications To Be Commerce Secretary By editor • Jan 18, 2017 Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: Trump Taps Billionaire Investor Wilbur Ross For Commerce Secretary By Jim Zarroli • Nov 30, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Wilbur Ross Jr., a billionaire investor and turnaround specialist, as his commerce secretary. Ross announced his selection Wednesday during a joint CNBC interview with longtime Wall Street banker Steve Mnuchin, Trump's pick for Treasury secretary. "Wilbur Ross is a champion of American manufacturing and knows how to help companies succeed," Trump said in a statement announcing his choice.