01:47 GMT21 April 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Senate on Tuesday confirmed Gina Raimondo as the next Secretary of Commerce. President Joe Biden’s nominee has received support of a majority of senators: 84 lawmakers supported her confirmation, while 15 opposed it.

    Raimondo currently serves as the governor of the US state of Rhode Island and will have to resign in order to assume the new position. In the period 2018-2019, Raimondo chaired the Democratic Governors Association.

    The new Secretary of Commerce is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.

    Raimondo, 49, is a former venture capitalist. During her confirmation hearing in January, she promised to use all tools to ensure a playing level field for American workers with respect to dealing with China.
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