Raimondo Sworn in as Secretary of Commerce
Thursday, March 04, 2021 | Comments

Gina Raimondo was sworn in as the 40th U.S. secretary of commerce. Vice President Kamala Harris swore Raimondo in after a vote of 84-15 in the U.S. Senate.

In her role as secretary of commerce, Raimondo will lead the agency focused on promoting economic growth, which includes the International Trade Administration, the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Patent and Trade Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Minority Business Development Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Bureau of Economic Analysis, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“The Commerce Department has a simple but vital mission: to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help American workers and businesses compete,” said Raimondo. “Growing economic opportunity for American businesses and workers is the mission that has driven my career, and as we face overlapping crises that have hurt our economy and robbed too many families of their sense of financial security, that mission is more critical than ever. The commerce department will work relentlessly to create good-paying jobs, level the playing field for our workers and businesses, and build an economy that does not leave any communities behind. I am honored to assume this position and ready to get work for the American people.”

Raimondo most recently served as the 75th governor of Rhode Island and its first woman governor. Prior to her time as governor, she was Rhode Island’s general treasurer where she tackled the state's $7 billion unfunded pension liability. Before entering public service, Raimondo worked in venture capital, founding her own firm in her home state of Rhode Island.

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