Biden Picks Two More State and Local Leaders for Top Jobs

President-elect Joe Biden walks with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, on June 5, 2019, in downtown Boston.

President-elect Joe Biden walks with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, on June 5, 2019, in downtown Boston. AP Photo/Steven Senne

 

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The president-elect has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Labor Department and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to be Commerce secretary.

President-elect Joe Biden has selected two more state and local leaders two fill top posts in his incoming administration, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Biden has picked Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his Labor secretary and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as Commerce secretary. Walsh is a former labor leader and Raimondo worked in finance before being elected governor. Both are Democrats.

Last month, Biden selected Pete Buttigieg—the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who also ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year—to lead the Transportation Department. He also tapped Xavier Becerra as secretary of health and human services. Becerra is currently California's attorney general.

Walsh was elected mayor of Boston in 2013 and reelected to a second term in 2017. He previously served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He worked from 2011 to 2013 as the head of Boston's Building and Construction Trades Council.

"Marty Walsh will be an exceptional labor secretary," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement on Thursday.

Raimondo won a first term as Rhode Island's governor in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. From 2011 to 2015, she served as state treasurer. She co-founded Point Judith Capital, an investor in start-up companies and before that worked for a Massachusetts-based venture capital firm.

Bill Lucia is a senior reporter for Route Fifty and is based in Olympia, Washington.

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