Cabinet Profiles: Gov. Gina Raimondo: Secretary Of Commerce

Hearings for President Joe Biden‘s Cabinet nominations continue today.

We will hear testimony from his picks to lead all of his cabinet positions over the next several weeks. We will profile the nominees in advance of their hearings so our readers will have some background information as the proceedings take place.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo

Secretary Of Commerce

  • The first woman elected as governor of Rhode Island – known as an innovative and effective leader who brought her state back from a time when they faced the worst unemployment rate of any state in the nation
  • Created a small business loan program that has empowered Rhode Island entrepreneurs – more than half women or people of color – to get new businesses up and running


Gina entered politics after more than a decade spent growing businesses. Her father’s experience getting laid off when his factory moved to China shaped her core belief that we need to make sure all Rhode Islanders who want to work hard can earn a good living.

As Rhode Island’s first female governor, Gina has made unmistakable progress to rebuild the middle class and create opportunity for everyone. Since she became governor, Rhode Island cut the state deficit while making significant investments in economic development, job training, infrastructure and education. Global businesses like General Electric and Johnson & Johnson are moving here, companies like Electric Boat and Virgin Pulse are expanding here and — for the first time in 30 years — Narragansett Beer is brewing here.

Under Gina’s leadership, Rhode Island has gone from the 36th worst state economy into the top 10 economies in America. We are now one of just five states to offer tuition-free access to community college and job training. As governor, Gina cut the tax on Social Security income for our seniors, cut the car tax, cut thousands of pages of regulations for small businesses and has repaired the most roads and bridges in a generation — creating good jobs in the process

.A native of Rhode Island, Raimondo graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. She is also a graduate of Yale Law School


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