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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 RaimondoBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate Hillicon Valley: Raimondo wades into 230 debate | Google cuts donations to election result deniers | House GOP unveils tech plan Rep. Rodgers outlines GOP 'Big Tech Accountability Platform' 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. 

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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 BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate 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 MurthyBiden to name nurse as acting surgeon general: report Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Getting to herd immunity before next school year 'an ambitious goal,' says surgeon general nominee 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 fines two megachurches K each over packed Christmas Eve services CHC urges Biden to choose Latinos to head Education Department, SBA: report Hispanic Caucus ramps up Cabinet pressure campaign 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.