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Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports

Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports
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President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report MORE has tapped Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoOn The Money: Reddit traders cause Wall Street havoc | Powell: Inflation fears should not impede more coronavirus aid | NJ lawmakers press for SALT cap repeal in next relief package Hillicon Valley: Biden's cyber priorities zero in on Russian hack | Apple, Facebook report increase in earnings at the end of 2020 | International authorities disrupt 'world's most dangerous malware' McCaul urges senators to block vote on Commerce secretary over Huawei concerns MORE to serve as his Commerce secretary, multiple outlets reported Thursday.

Raimondo, 49, has served as Rhode Island governor since 2015 and before that was the general treasurer of the state. She is the first woman to be governor of the state.

Her background is in venture capital before public service. She previously co-founded venture capital firm Point Judith Capital in Rhode Island and before that worked as senior vice president for venture capital firm Village Ventures.

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The next Commerce secretary will be tasked with managing trade policy following the Trump administration’s reliance on tariffs and the U.S. relationship with China and institutions like the World Trade Organization. 

If confirmed, Raimondo would inherit an agency that was headed by current Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Census Bureau racing to complete noncitizen data, watchdog says MORE. Ross stirred some controversy after he attempted to add a citizenship question to the Census and suggested at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that it would actually be good for U.S. economic growth. 

Raimondo was national co-chair for former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEverytown urges Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign over newly uncovered remarks Everytown calls on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to resign Biden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports MORE’s presidential bid and endorsed Biden once Bloomberg dropped out of the primary. 

“I am thrilled actually that the vice president had such a great day yesterday. As far as I am concerned, we have to get behind Joe Biden and make sure he is the next president. That is what I plan on doing,” she said at the time. 

Raimondo’s name was floated to lead the Health and Human Services Department, but Biden announced he would nominate California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate Ex-TSA agent sentenced to jail for tricking woman into showing breasts at security The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel MORE for the role in December. 

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Two notable businesswomen, Meg Whitman and Mellody Hobson, were also floated as possible nominees, with some suggesting Biden could choose a Republican for the role.

The Hill has reached out to the Biden transition team for confirmation.

Updated 3:10 p.m.