President-elect Joe Biden confirmed on Friday that he would nominate Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo for Commerce Secretary. “She’s one of the most effective, forward-thinking governors in the United States of America,” Biden said in a speech unveiling the pick.
But the Rhode Island governor would move to Washington at a time when her state is facing among the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates in the country, raising questions about how she might manage the massive and sprawling agency. If confirmed, Raimondo’s responsibilities will range from negotiating trade deals to overseeing the census and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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