Biden Announces Commerce & Labor Secretary Picks

Mayor Marty Walsh & Gov. Gina Raimondo have been named as picks for Joe Biden's Cabinet
L-R Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Gina Raimondo (images via Twitter)

President-elect Joe Biden has announced more Cabinet picks today.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a former top union leader, has been tapped to serve as Labor secretary.

According to Politico, “Biden was widely expected to choose a Labor Department head who enjoyed the support of unions, given the president-elect’s long-standing ties with labor leaders, his support for the right to organize and the key role the agency will play in implementing the sweeping pro-worker agenda he campaigned on.”

Walsh and Biden already have close ties as Biden spoke at Walsh’s 2017 inaugural event.

And Rhode Island’s Gov. Gina M. Raimondo will be announced as Biden’s Commerce secretary.

“Ms. Raimondo, a moderate Democrat with a background in the financial industry, has served as governor since 2015,” writes the New York Times. “She is seen as a relatively traditional choice for commerce secretary, a post that oversees relations with the business community but also technology regulation, weather monitoring and the gathering of economic data, among other duties.”

Biden has already named several diverse Cabinet choices including Gen. Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary and Mayor Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary.