The Senate voted 84-15 on Tuesday to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to lead the Commerce Department. The agency promotes U.S. industry, oversees the Census Bureau, plays a key role in the government’s study of climate change through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and evaluates emerging technology through the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Raimondo, 49, is a former chair of the Democratic Governor’s Association and Rhodes scholar who co-founded a venture capital firm in Rhode Island earlier in her career.
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NEW: Senate confirms Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as commerce secretary https://t.co/jecHVAll1b
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BREAKING: The Senate votes to confirm Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to serve as President Biden’s Secretary of Commerce. The vote was 84-15 https://t.co/qZ61CSk3Za
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