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Biden Taps Boston Mayor, Rhode Island Governor for Cabinet Positions

WASHINGTON—President-elect Joe Biden is expected to choose Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as his commerce secretary, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to be labor secretary and Isabel Guzman, a California economic development official, to lead the Small Business Administration, according to people familiar with the matter.

Ms. Raimondo was elected as the first female governor of Rhode Island in 2014. Before that, she served as the state’s general treasurer. She also led the Democratic Governors Association from 2018 to 2019.

Before she entered public service, Ms. Raimondo co-founded Point Judith Capital, a venture-capital firm.

Mr. Walsh is a former union worker who led a Boston union organization that represented electricians and ironworkers before becoming mayor six years ago. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has been advocating on his behalf.

Ms. Guzman was a senior official at the SBA during the Obama administration, serving as deputy chief of staff. In 2019, she became the director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, where she helped implement a grant program for businesses affected by the pandemic.

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