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Biden expected to nominate Raimondo as commerce secretary, Walsh as labor secretary

Isabel Guzman will be selected to run the Small Business Administration, people familiar with the decisions said.
Image: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo in 2015.Paul Morigi / Getty Images for Fortune/Time Inc.

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to nominate Gina Raimondo to be commerce secretary, Marty Walsh to be labor secretary and Isabel Guzman to run the Small Business Administration, people familiar with the decisions said Thursday.

Raimondo has been the Democratic governor of Rhode Island since 2015. Walsh has been the Democratic mayor of Boston since 2014. Guzman has been the director of California's Office of the Small Business Advocate since 2019.

Biden is also expected to nominate Don Graves, who was executive director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in the Obama White House, to be deputy commerce secretary, the two people familiar with the decisions said.

News of Biden's expected nominations came moments before he was set to formally introduce Merrick Garland as his choice to lead the Justice Department.

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Earlier Thursday, Biden officially announced that he had picked Garland, the federal judge whom Republicans denied a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, to be his attorney general. Biden also announced that he would nominate Lisa Monaco to be deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta to be associate attorney general and Kristen Clarke to be assistant attorney general for civil rights.

NBC News reported news of Biden's Justice Department picks Wednesday afternoon.