Gina Raimondo Sworn in as U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Mar 15, 2021

by ASME.org

On March 3, 2021, Gina M. Raimondo was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Commerce under the Biden administration. Prior to being sworn in, Secretary Raimondo served as the Governor of Rhode Island, where she worked to encourage the growth of new business in the state and brought the state’s unemployment down to its lowest rate since 1989. In her new role as Secretary of Commerce, Raimondo will be responsible for leading the agency, which includes the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST).
 
Upon assuming the role, Secretary Raimondo shared her thoughts on the vital role of the U.S. Department of Commerce: “The Commerce Department has a simple but vital mission — to spur good-paying jobs, empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, and help American workers and businesses compete. Growing economic opportunity for American businesses and workers is the mission that has driven my career, and as we face overlapping crises that have hurt our economy and robbed too many families of their sense of financial security, that mission is more critical than ever. The Commerce Department will work relentlessly to create good-paying jobs, level the playing field for our workers and businesses, and build an economy that does not leave any communities behind. I am honored to assume this position and ready to get work for the American people.”
 
To read Secretary Raimondo’s bio, please visit: https://www.commerce.gov/about/leadership/gina-m-raimondo.
 

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