January 22, 2021

Duckworth Meets with Secretary-Designate Gina Raimondo


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation (CST) Committee and the U.S. Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Committee, today held a virtual meeting with Governor Gina Raimondo, President Biden’s nominee to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“Governor Raimondo brings a problem-solving approach and an experienced background to this critically important position. I enjoyed speaking with her today about ways we can work together to expand and promote investments that help underserved communities jumpstart their economies, strengthen our state’s manufacturing sector and help ensure the accuracy of the Census’ population count. She should be swiftly confirmed, and I look forward to working with her to help our struggling small business community emerge from this pandemic stronger than before while also addressing the systemic barriers facing entrepreneurs of color and women.”

Last Congress, Duckworth introduced the bipartisan Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise Act of 2020, a bill that would support women entrepreneurs by reauthorizing a federal interagency committee that helps coordinate federal resources to encourage the formation, growth and success of women-owned businesses.