FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2021

CONTACT: Ann S. Gooding, 401.228.4846 (c )  401.272.3367 (o)

STATEMENT BY R.I. DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR ON CONFIRMATION OF GOV. GINA RAIMONDO AS SECY. OF U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE BY U.S. SENATE AND LT. GOVERNOR DANIEL McKEE BECOMING R.I.’s 76th GOVERNOR

WARWICK, R.I. – “This is a proud day for Rhode Island and our country,” said R.I. Democratic Party Chair Joseph M. McNamara Tuesday. “Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce by the U.S. Senate –  with an overwhelming margin of 84-15, proves what we knew all along – she’s a recognized leader.

“As Rhode Island’s first woman Governor (and 2nd woman Treasurer before that,) she took on the toughest challenges – schools, economy, infrastructure and a once-in-a-century pandemic. Her ability to lead with talent, strength, and humor got things done. This is the skill-set she’ll need to help President Biden and this country overcome America’s financial problems, by supporting business, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy,” he said.

“We’re excited for Secretary Raimondo and her family, and hope they will always call Rhode Island ‘home’.

“We are also delighted for Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee as he assumes his new role as Governor. His years of service to Rhode Island have laid a solid groundwork for him to address the daunting challenges and opportunities before him, and we wish him the very best,” McNamara said.