Ruggerio, Shekarchi Issue Statement on Gubernatorial Transition

 

STATE HOUSE – President of the Senate Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi today issued the following statement regarding the confirmation of Gov. Gina M. Raimondo as U.S. Commerce Secretary and the swearing-in of incoming Gov. Daniel J. McKee today:

 

“Congratulations to Governor Raimondo as she embarks upon a new role in service to our nation as Commerce Secretary after today’s overwhelming vote. As Governor, Gina Raimondo led our state to record employment levels before the pandemic hit, and she provided steady, compassionate leadership over this past, most difficult year. On behalf of the General Assembly, we wish her and her family all the very best as she takes on this very important role.

 

“We also want to extend our congratulations to Governor Dan McKee. He has been a consistent and strong voice on behalf of Rhode Island’s hard-hit small business community. He brings a valuable perspective as a former municipal leader, which will be important as we work collaboratively to rebuild our state. We know everyone in the legislature looks forward to working in collaboration with Governor McKee to address the many challenges facing our state.”

 

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