Raimondo resigns; McKee sworn in as governor

Updated at 6:50 p.m.

GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signs an executive order on Monday authorizing Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee to oversee and manage the fiscal year 2022 state budget. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
GINA M. RAIMONDO has resigned as governor, after easily winning confirmation by the U.S. Senate as the 40th secretary of commerce. Daniel J. McKee, standing. was quickly sworn in on Tuesday as the state's new governor. Above, Raimondo signs an executive order on Monday authorizing McKee, then lieutenant governor, to oversee and manage the fiscal 2022 state budget. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo was easily confirmed as U.S. secretary of commerce in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Hours later she resigned as governor and was succeeded by Daniel J. McKee. Raimondo will be the 40th secretary of commerce and a member of President Joe Biden's cabinet. She will replace acting-Commerce Secretary Wynn…

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