Governor Raimondo approved for Commerce Secretary just hours before final State of the State address

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Governor Gina Raimondo was approved for her role as Commerce Secretary by the Senate Committee on Commerce on Wednesday.

The vote will now head to the floor for final confirmation.

The committee voted 21-3 in favor of Raimondo, bringing her one step closer to officially moving to D.C. It also comes just hours before the Governor is expected to deliver what could be her final State of the State address.

Governor Gina Raimondo hasn’t spoken publicly in the Ocean State in 44 days. Now that her nomination will be brought to the floor for confirmation, Wednesday could be the last time people hear from her publicly as the Governor of Rhode Island.

The approval comes just over a week after the Governor defended her nomination in D.C. and testified before the committee.

“First, we need to immediately address the economic damage caused by the pandemic. Second, we need to ensure that American workers can compete fairly on the global playing field,” Governor Raimondo said at last week’s hearing.

Rhode Islanders can expect Lt. Governor Dan McKee to take over in the future. The Lt. Governor has already announced his transition team and has been taking over in the public spotlight at the weekly coronavirus and vaccination press conferences.

Raimondo has served as Governor for two terms and will take over in Washington handling several topics related to the nation’s economy.

“I am deeply committed to making sure that all Americans in every community have the opportunity to have the skills they need to get a good job,” Governor Raimondo said.

The State of the State address will happen at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night and will be done virtually, rather than before a crowd at the State House.

Her office has not released what she plans to talk about, but it’ll likely focus on the coronavirus and its impact on the local economy, a job that’s now on Lt. Governor McKee to fix.

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