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. Raimondo hasn’t always picked the winning horse in national politics, but her star has never been brighter in the eyes of Democratic powerbrokers. She was also the senior vice president of fund development at Village Ventures, a venture capital firm that was active with healthcare start-ups. Raimondo was elected alumni fellow at Yale, in 2014. When she ran for governor, Rhode Island had the nation's highest unemployment rate. Gina’s grandfather arrived in Rhode Island from Italy when he was 14 and learned English studying at the Providence Public Library. Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. [69], On November 1, 2001, Raimondo married Andrew Kind Moffit, in Providence. Raimondo has governed Rhode Island since 2015, and earned enough plaudits from the party’s centrist wing to get onto the VP shortlist. 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. Politico subsequently reported that Raimondo was unwilling to move to Washington, D.C. for the post, but had earlier expressed interest in being considered for secretary of the treasury or secretary of commerce. Nata in una famiglia italoamericana a Smithfield, Raimondo studiò ad Harvard, Oxford e Yale, dove si laureò in legge. The family resides on the east side of Providence. [6], The poll found majority support across all 50 states for how governors are handling coronavirus. The Raimondo Administration ultimately ignored the federal warnings resulting in benefit delays, system downtime, and benefit loss caused in error. [60] She was subsequently elected as chair of the Democratic Governors Association in 2019. 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. Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large. On the orders of Raimondo, the UHIP launch occurred as planned despite these federal warnings. Gina Marie Raimondo (Smithfield, 17 maggio 1971) è una politica statunitense, governatrice del Rhode Island dal 2015. 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[45] The federal report noted that DCYF services were "inadequate, not developed when needed, or lacked consistent monitoring." "If you're going to get selected, you better get a check in all three all of them,” Devine said. Rhode Island Gov. "[35], According to documents submitted to the federal government, the cost estimate for UHIP through 2021 is $656 million. Axelrod, who said he doesn’t have direct knowledge of Biden’s thinking, acknowledged that it’s possible for Biden to have a long list of potential running mates. Raimondo won the election on November 4, 2014, with 41% of the vote, in a three-way race, against the mayor of Cranston, Republican Allan Fung, and businessman Robert Healey. Follow him on Twitter at @danmcgowan. "[37], Under Governor Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families has come under fire due to its relatively high rate of deaths and near-deaths of children in its care. Duffy also said progressives would be unlikely to embrace Raimondo, who was critical of US Senator Bernie Sanders’ run for president, and has carved out a niche as a moderate voice within the party. [63][64][65][66][67] However, on December 6, it was announced that Biden intended to nominate California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for the position. [34], 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. Gina Raimondo speaks during Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit on October 13, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The investigation was still underway as of summer 2017. Harvard Kennedy School professor and former Obama Administration official Jeffrey Liebman agreed with the recommendations and analysis of the report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and claimed that the DCYF is "the most messed-up agency ever. Raimondo was elected to serve as the vice chair of the Democratic Governors Association for the 2018 election cycle. Later, Raimondo acted as senior vice president for Fund Development at the Manhattan offices of Village Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and backed by Bain Capital and Highland Capital Groups. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first woman to serve as governor of Rhode Island. [70] The couple have two children, Cecilia and Thompson Raimondo Moffit. She was awarded an honorary degree from Bryant University, in 2012; and has received awards from the northern Rhode Island chamber of commerce and the YWCA of northern Rhode Island. [6] Raimondo has cut taxes every year and removed 8,000 pages of regulations — 30 percent of the state's regulations. In a region that has been hardest hit by the contagious disease, Raimondo has helped make Rhode Island the nation’s leader in testing. 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. “I think, in the last few months, that has changed.”. 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. Jennifer Duffy, a longtime political analyst, said she believes Raimondo would be a strong candidate for vice president, but she “doesn’t get Biden anything geographically or demographically that he doesn’t already have.”. Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison. Raimondo, who was also considered for Biden’s VP nominee, first became governor in 2015 after serving as senior vice president at Village Ventures and joining Point Judith Capital later on. 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." Raimondo was born in Smithfield, Rhode Island. [23], Raimondo created the Ocean State Investment Pool (OSIP), a low-cost investment vehicle intended to help the state and municipalities better manage and improve the investment performance of their liquid assets, which are used for day-to-day operations including payroll and operating expenses. 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…. Maggie Hassan (NH Senator) and Gina Raimondo (RI Governor) — Not a chance. On December 2, 2020, Peter Alexander of NBC News reported that Raimondo was a leading contender for the position of secretary of health and human services in the Biden administration, and multiple major news outlets subsequently confirmed the story. [9] 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. [20] The Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (RIRSA) was enacted by the General Assembly on November 17, 2012, with bipartisan support in both chambers. 3,063 talking about this. [33], In February 2017, Executive Secretary of Health and Human Services Elizabeth H. Roberts resigned from her cabinet post in the Raimondo Administration[34] due to the failed roll-out of the UHIP. Point Judith subsequently relocated its offices to Boston, Massachusetts. Devine said the top three factors that most presidential candidates consider when selecting a vice president are politics, the rigorous background check process, and how they get along with the potential running mate. She is the vice-chair of the Board of Directors … [17], During her first year as general treasurer, she prioritized reforming Rhode Island's public employee pension system, which was 48% funded in 2010. Gina Raimondo impressed the committee reviewing candidates for Joe Biden’s running mate but had some shortcomings compared with others that … [26] Raimondo submitted letters to the Senate and House Corporations Committees in support of payday reform legislation. Facing Opposition From Progressives, Gina Raimondo Withdraws From Consideration as Biden's HHS Chief Common Dreams 22:53 3-Dec-20. [71], State Health and Human Services computer system failure, Clash with New York Gov. Bell went on to say that "Medicaid terminations need to be done with some due process. She has served on the boards of La Salle Academy and Family Service of Rhode Island. 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 … He became unemployed at 56 when the Bulova company decamped operations to China, shuttering the factory in Providence. (The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Gina Raimondo… With numerous economic challenges, Rhode Island should not permit the sale of a financial product that traps so many customers in a cycle of debt. The Top 10 women Joe Biden might pick as vice president. Gina Marie Raimondo (/rəˈmɒndoʊ/; born May 17, 1971) is an American politician and venture capitalist who is, since 2015, the 75th governor of Rhode Island. During a press conference on Monday, Raimondo declined to comment on whether she has spoken to Biden’s campaign, but said, “I am 150 percent focused on doing my job in Rhode Island, and spending no time on politics.”. 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. [14] At Point Judith, Raimondo served as a general partner covering health care investments; she retains some executive duties with the firm. “I have the job I want, which is being governor of Rhode Island,” she said. December 7th, Rhode Island Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo tweeted “t’s week two of our pause. While Raimondo may not have as much name recognition as Harris, Warren, and Klobuchar, all of whom debated Biden as candidates for president, her deep experience as an executive stands out, according to Tad Devine, a veteran Democratic consultant who has a home on Block Island. [1] Before her election, she served as general treasurer of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015 and was the second woman to hold the office. Federal officials judged that the state was not compliant in lowering a significant case backlog, starting a sufficient call-center, adequate staff training, and improving wait times at Health and Human Services field offices. Biden’s Choices for Health Secretary Narrow After Raimondo Exit BNN Bloomberg 20:32 3-Dec-20. [48] Aucoin has served in an interim director capacity twice before when DCYF was without a permanent Director. “She’s the opposite of D.C.,” Halle said. 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.”[54] 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. [52]. You should have a chance to fight the decision to rip away your health insurance. "[46][47], With the departure of Piccola, the interim director is DCYF executive legal counsel Kevin Aucoin. What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind to mass. “Governor” Stacey Abrams — Is she still a thing? “It’s just pretty far down the list of likely scenarios.”, She has proven to be a dynamic fund-raiser, first in Rhode Island politics, and then nationally when she served as chairwoman of the Democratic Governors Association last year. Not only did they implement it, they displaced all of the most senior workers with the wealth of experience. [15][16], On November 2, 2010, was elected as general treasurer of Rhode Island by a margin of 62% to 38%. 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. Reliable sources close to Raimondo claim it went very well, she ” dazzled them” and she is being considered. [22] Raimondo's critics attributed the underperformance to a sharp increase in fees paid to hedge fund managers while her supporters argued investments in hedge funds stabilize investments during market downturns for more consistent returns over time. A Biden-Raimondo ticket would achieve the left’s primary goal, the removal of President Trump. [10][11] Raimondo received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1998. “And every governor, at this juncture, has additional bona fides because they’ve been leading through this [coronavirus] crisis.”. Piccola's term was marked by the death and near-deaths of children,[38] high staff turn-over rates,[39] votes of no confidence,[40] and high budget deficits. Raimondo is term-limited in 2022, and Axelrod said her role as the longest-serving active female governor in the country, coupled with her “interesting background” as a lawyer, venture capitalist, and lead architect of Rhode Island’s pension reform law while she was treasurer, gives her good reason to be on Biden’s list. The legality of RIRSA was challenged in court by the public employee unions, but a settlement was reached in June 2015. Before her election, she served as general treasurer of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015 and was the second woman to hold the office. [68], Raimondo serves as vice chair of the board of directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, the state's largest homeless services organization. Messner said in the letter which local news outlets described as "strongly-worded" that "The transition plan remains inadequate and unacceptable." In an interview, House Oversight Chair Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-West Warwick) said, "There’s plenty of blame to go around. During the coronavirus crisis, Raimondo initially was praised for preventing a second wave over the summer after a difficult spring, thanks to increased testing and public-private partnerships. [19] 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. Gina Raimondo was in consideration for Joe Biden's vice presidential pick. ... Rhode Island Gov. Aside from committing to selecting a woman as his running mate, Biden has not publicly tipped his hand about who he favors for the job. "[56], 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. Her state is planning to spend $45 million on … A lifelong Rhode Islander, Gina grew up in Smithfield in a tight-knit Italian American family, the youngest of Joseph and Josephine Raimondo’s three children. 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. "[27] Raimondo wrote an op-ed in the edition of May 29, 2012 of The Providence Journal in support of payday lending reform.[28]. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg and Gov. And the resulting administration would restore adult supervision in Washington. Messner also pointed out that the state had failed to gradually launch UHIP in phases or administer a live pilot test of UHIP. The New York Times on Thursday reported that Gov. 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