State leaders react to Governor Raimondo’s nomination to Biden cabinet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – As news broke Thursday that Governor Gina Raimondo would be President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, support started pouring in from local leaders.

On Thursday night, Raimondo addressed the rumors when she posted to her Twitter account used for campaigning and added “Nominee for Secretary of Commerce” to her bio.

“I think it’s a great selection. She’s an extraordinary, talented person. She’s led the state with great attention, great energy, and I think President-elect Biden has made a very wise choice,” Senator Jack Reed said Friday.

Support from both sides of the aisle was thrown Raimondo’s way Thursday night when the news circulated.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse released a statement, saying in part, “I look forward to working with Secretary Raimondo on prioritizing the stewardship of our oceans at NOAA, and continuing to make job-creating investments in Rhode Island through the Economic Development Administration.  Our oceans are in crisis, and as Secretary of Oceans and Commerce, Gina can bring overdue leadership to these perils and our blue economies.”

The rest of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation followed, saying Raimondo is a great choice for the role.

“Governor Gina Raimondo prepares to leave Rhode Island in much better shape than she found it,” Congressman David Cicilline said. “Few governors have been as consequential for our state.”

Raimondo is leaving her post as Governor two years before her term ends, which means Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee will step in, making him the 76th Governor of Rhode Island.

McKee released a statement Friday, saying that he spoke to Raimondo to congratulate her, and they discussed the importance of a smooth transition. He also said the state’s COVID response will not be impacted.

He said he’ll spend the weekend meeting with Raimondo and her team to be briefed on COVID response, and will work on his transition team.

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