Biden picks Rhode Island governor for Commerce, Boston mayor for Labor: sources

Biden picks Rhode Island governor for Commerce, Boston mayor for Labor: sources


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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO:  Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo answers a phone call during the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo answers a phone call during the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence

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By Andrea Shalal and David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as his Commerce Department secretary and former union official and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Labor secretary, people familiar with the choices told Reuters on Thursday.

The two Democrats will head sprawling agencies that will shape Biden’s agenda on climate change, technology, investment, the minimum wage and other workforce rules and policies.

The team would work to “create millions of good-paying American jobs, raise incomes, advance racial equity across the economy, and rebuild a stronger, more inclusive middle class,” said one of the sources.

Biden also will nominate Isabel Guzman, a California state economic development official and small business advocate, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The SBA has played a key role in distributing hundreds of billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to small businesses over the past year.

The announcements are expected to be made on Friday along with other Biden administration positions, the sources said.

Raimondo’s expected nomination was first reported by CNN. As Rhode Island’s f

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