“She’s got a set of credentials that are pretty significant,” said David Axelrod, who helped craft Barack Obama’s successful campaign for president in 2008, and then worked as a top advisor in the White House. , In April 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft News conducted a poll to determine how well governors across the U.S. were handling mitigation of COVID-19. 3,063 talking about this. US Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Tammy Baldwin have all been identified as potential candidates, along with US Representative Val Demings of Florida and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.  Raimondo graduated from LaSalle Academy, in Providence, as one of the first girls allowed to attend the Catholic school, where she was valedictorian.  At Point Judith, Raimondo served as a general partner covering health care investments; she retains some executive duties with the firm. 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Prior to assuming her position as Rhode Island's general treasurer, Raimondo co-founded and served as the general partner of Point Judith Capital, a venture capital firm headquartered in Rhode Island. Messner said in the letter which local news outlets described as "strongly-worded" that "The transition plan remains inadequate and unacceptable." ... Rhode Island Gov. If thatâs all sheâs got, Biden might as well pick a non-white VP who brings more to the table, like Harris or Rice. The Raimondo Administration ultimately ignored the federal warnings resulting in benefit delays, system downtime, and benefit loss caused in error. Press secretary Jennifer Bogdan Jones of the Governor’s Office told The Providence Journal that “[Raimondo] is prepared to do whatever it takes to support Mike and defeat President Trump.” As campaign co-chair, Raimondo would have “provided advice and attended events.” Less than a month later, however, Bloomberg dropped out of the race and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden. Raimondo was elected governor of Rhode Island on November 4, 2014, winning 41% of the vote in a three-way race, defeating challengers Allan Fung (R) and Robert J. Healey of the Moderate Party. She raised the state minimum wage to $11.50, created a sick-leave entitlement, financed the largest infrastructure program in the state's history, and made community colleges tuition-free. Ginaâs grandfather arrived in Rhode Island from Italy when he was 14 and learned English studying at the Providence Public Library. She wrote "Far too many families are facing financial challenges that might be mitigated or avoided through a greater understanding of personal finance," and "payday loans exploit that lack of understanding…. Her decisive actions have led to a dramatic boost in her polling numbers, which have seen her jump from being one of the least popular governors in the country in January to one of the most trusted governors by April. Raimondoâs career is a testament to the old fashioned idea that, with the right leadership, good policy is the best politics. Facing Opposition From Progressives, Gina Raimondo Withdraws From Consideration as Biden's HHS Chief Common Dreams 22:53 3-Dec-20.  The federal report noted that DCYF services were "inadequate, not developed when needed, or lacked consistent monitoring." Now, with presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden pledging to select a woman as his running mate, Raimondo increasingly finds herself answering questions about whether she is being vetted for the job.  Before her election, she served as general treasurer of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015 and was the second woman to hold the office. Gina Raimondo The Rhode Island governor has been praised for her handling of the coronavirus pandemic in recent months, but her candidacy as VP â¦ In early February 2020, Raimondo appeared alongside former Republican New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg at the Wexford Innovation Center in Providence to endorse his candidacy, a move she described as “an easy call.” Raimondo was named a national co-chair for the Bloomberg campaign. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first woman to serve as governor of Rhode Island. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) â Rhode Island Gov. Messner also pointed out that the state had failed to gradually launch UHIP in phases or administer a live pilot test of UHIP. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who The Times reported is assisting Biden’s campaign with the search, was in the same class of Rhodes Scholars as Raimondo, in 1993. âGovernorâ Stacey Abrams â Is she still a thing? Raimondo hasn’t always picked the winning horse in national politics, but her star has never been brighter in the eyes of Democratic powerbrokers. With Raimondo at the helm, the Democrats smashed fund-raising records, captured the governor’s office in Kentucky, and held on to the office in Louisiana.  On March 29, Raimondo repealed the order that specifically referred to New Yorkers, and broadened it to include any out-of-state traveler entering Rhode Island with intent to stay.. 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In April 2011, Raimondo led the state retirement board to reduce the state's assumed rate of return on pension investments from 8.25 percent to 7.5 percent. December 7th, Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo tweeted âtâs week two of our pause. Raimondo Slams Trump's Executive Orders, Praises VP Pick Harris - East Providence, RI - Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo speaks during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit on October 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C.  The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (RIRSA) was enacted by the General Assembly on November 17, 2012, with bipartisan support in both chambers. Rhode Island Gov. State taxpayers will pay $154 million of this amount while the federal government will pay the remainder. , In February 2017, Executive Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth H. Roberts resigned from her cabinet post in the Raimondo Administration due to the failed roll-out of the UHIP. A Biden-Raimondo ticket would achieve the leftâs primary goal, the removal of President Trump. ", According to documents submitted to the federal government, the cost estimate for UHIP through 2021 is $656 million. Gina Raimondo was in consideration for Joe Biden's vice presidential pick. Updated 0250 GMT (1050 HKT) June 19, 2020 . Devine, who was US Senator Lloyd Bentsen’s campaign manager in 1988 when Bentsen was tapped to be Michael Dukakis’ presidential running mate, said Raimondo’s handling of the coronavirus crisis has proven that “she’s a really serious person who deserves a serious look” from Biden. The poll found 76% of Rhode Islanders said they approved of the work done by Raimondo and her administration “to keep people safe” during the ongoing crisis. Until 2011, she was an administrator Women and Infants Hospital and chair of its Quality Committee.  She attended New College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where she received a Master of Arts (MA) degree and Doctor of Philosophy in 2002 in Sociology. " Raimondo wrote an op-ed in the edition of May 29, 2012 of The Providence Journal in support of payday lending reform.. Raimondo has so far dodged questions about whether she is being considered for vice president, but The New York Times, In a region that has been hardest hit by the contagious disease, Raimondo has helped make Rhode Island the nation’s leader in testing. They were warned against the implementation because the system was not ready. “He is uniquely suited to understand the role of the vice president, and as such, my guess is he's doing a lot of thinking,” Axelrod said. Gina Raimondo (D) announced she would support Joe Biden for president just hours after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom â¦ Raimondo concluded that it was now time "to unify behind Joe Biden. “She’s the opposite of D.C.,” Halle said. The investigation was still underway as of summer 2017. Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. When you lose your Medicaid with no warning and no effort to transition you onto the exchange, the consequences can be deadly. , In March 2017 Rhode Island Monthly reported that the U.S. Department of Justice opened an investigation into UHIP, specifically false claims and statements made about the Health and Human Services computer network rollout.  On the same day, Raimondo also endorsed Biden. , During her first year as general treasurer, she prioritized reforming Rhode Island's public employee pension system, which was 48% funded in 2010. Raimondo for VP? Bell went on to say that "Medicaid terminations need to be done with some due process. ", On March 28, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened Raimondo with a lawsuit over a new state quarantine policy, which would make sure people from coronavirus-hit New York would self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Rhode Island. “I think, in the last few months, that has changed.”. . , Gina Marie Raimondo was born in 1971 in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where she later grew up. As of December 2020 DCYF does not have a permanent Director. In a region that has been hardest hit by the contagious disease, Raimondo has helped make Rhode Island the nation’s leader in testing. Gina Raimondo Gives Update On R.I. Coronavirus Testing Patch 23:22 3-Dec-20. , In October 2018, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families ordered the Raimondo Administration DCYF to improve in 33 of 36 areas assessed.  In May 2011, Raimondo released "Truth in Numbers", a report that advocated for benefit cuts as the solution to Rhode Island's pension problems, and she helped lead the effort to cut pensions, along with then-Speaker of the House Gordon Fox. She was selected as the Democratic candidate for Rhode Island's governorship in the 2014 election. , Raimondo appointed Trista Piccola as her new DCYF director in January 2017. Raimondo was elected alumni fellow at Yale, in 2014.  Raimondo ran for and won reelection to a second term in 2018, and becoming the first candidate to secure a majority of votes for that office since 2006. Word is sheâs on Bidenâs list PROVIDENCE â At every step of Governor Gina Raimondoâs political career, sheâs had to answer â¦  The couple have two children, Cecilia and Thompson Raimondo Moffit. Reliable sources close to Raimondo claim it went very well, she â dazzled themâ and she is being considered. Maggie Hassan (NH Senator) and Gina Raimondo (RI Governor) â Not a chance. " The program launched on April 23, 2012. Not only did they implement it, they displaced all of the most senior workers with the wealth of experience. She hosted a roundtable discussion with then Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and members of the Rhode Island Payday Reform Coalition. She has served on the boards of La Salle Academy and Family Service of Rhode Island. Dan McGowan can be reached at email@example.com. PROVIDENCE – At every step of Governor Gina Raimondo’s political career, she’s had to answer questions about where her ambition would take her. Raimondo has so far dodged questions about whether she is being considered for vice president, but The New York Times reported over the weekend that she has had a conversation with Biden’s vetting team. The legality of RIRSA was challenged in court by the public employee unions, but a settlement was reached in June 2015. Rhode Islandâs Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison.  Raimondo has cut taxes every year and removed 8,000 pages of regulations — 30 percent of the state's regulations. And the resulting administration would restore adult supervision in Washington.  However, on December 6, it was announced that Biden intended to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for the position. Messner opined that "Launching a system without having conducted a live pilot is against the intent of the regulations and against our best advice." She is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors â¦ Gov. , Raimondo serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state's largest homeless services organization. While Obama ultimately tapped Biden to join the ticket in 2008, Axelrod said the campaign vetted as many as 30 candidates. “I have the job I want, which is being governor of Rhode Island,” she said. Gina Raimondoâ¦ What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind to mass. While Biden has a deep understanding of how Washington, D.C., works, Halle said Raimondo’s experience running a state would make her the “most complementary partner” of any potential running mate. Secretary of the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services and Raimondo cabinet member Womazetta Jones said in December 2019 that she was "very determined to stay the course of not hiring anybody unless it’s the right person." She invested the public pension into union-busting hedge funds while Rhode Island Treasurer, resulting in the greatest financial loss in state history, a move that has further cratered a service economy where retiree spending is a major engine of economic recovery . Bidenâs Choices for Health Secretary Narrow After Raimondo Exit BNN Bloomberg 20:32 3-Dec-20. 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