POLITICO: Senate confirms Raimondo to lead Commerce Department

“The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of confirming Gina Raimondo as secretary of Commerce, tasking the former Rhode Island governor with a key role in reviewing the Trump administration’s trade policies.

Raimondo’s new position will place her at the head of a sprawling department whose duties include forecasting the weather, managing ocean fisheries and handling trade cases. The job will give her an influential voice in how to handle steel and aluminum duties on global trading partners and restrictions on Chinese telecom and defense firms, as well a role in executing the White House’s plans to fight climate change…”

“Business-friendly Democrat: Raimondo will come to her post fresh off six years as Rhode Island’s first female governor, where she rolled back business regulations and overhauled the state’s pension plan. Before that, she served as the state’s treasurer and worked at a venture capital firm backed by Bain Capital. A graduate of Harvard and Yale Law, she previously clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York…”

“Climate change: The Commerce Department, home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, could also play a major role in the Biden administration’s climate change plans. As governor of a coastal state, Raimondo signed an executive order to move Rhode Island toward a 100 percent renewable electricity future by 2030 and worked with a local company to complete the first offshore wind farm in the U.S…” Read the full article here.

Source: Senate confirms Raimondo to lead Commerce Department – By Gavin Bade and Anna Kambhampaty, March 2, 2021. POLITICO.

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