Rhode Island governor reportedly a finalist to be Biden's Health secretary

Rhode Island governor reportedly a finalist to be Biden's Health secretary

Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoOn World Oceans Day, we need a sea change Biden administration launches supply chain task force to tackle disruptions On The Money: White House sees paths forward on infrastructure despite stalled talks | Biden battles Dem divides | FBI seizes bitcoin ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline MORE (D) is reportedly a finalist to serve as Health and Human Services secretary in the incoming Biden administration. 

A transition official told NBC News that Raimondo is a leading contender for the position. Sources close to Raimondo confirmed to 12 News that she appears to be a “serious contender” for the position. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. 

Raimondo’s office declined to comment to 12 News. 


Raimondo is in her second term as governor, and cannot seek a third term due to term limits, according to the news outlet. She reportedly made a strong impression when she was interviewed for the vice presidency. 

However, 12 News notes that the way she’s managed the COVID-19 pandemic has recently come under criticism, since cases have risen more than in neighboring states. 

The news outlet also notes that she could run into resistance from Democrats over the way she handled Rhode Island’s pension overhaul in 2011, as well as her past career in the financial services industry. 

President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden prepares to confront Putin Ukrainian president thanks G-7 nations for statement of support Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting MORE could announce his health team as soon as next week, per NBC News. Also in the top two is former Surgeon General Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyA full pandemic recovery demands mental health support Biden to appear on MSNBC before town hall on vaccines Surgeon general: US 'still not doing enough' to address growing mental health crisis MORE, who is speculated to take a more prominent role in the Biden administration. 

However, not on the list was New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamNew Mexico launching vaccine sweepstakes with M in prizes The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Cheney poised to be ousted; Biden to host big meeting Biden vows to get 'more aggressive' on lifestyle benefits of vaccines MORE (D), who was originally said to be a top contender. 

Reached by The Hill, Biden's transition team declined to comment on who may or may not be in consideration for the position.

—Updated at 4:49 p.m.