President-elect Joseph Biden named two elected officials from New England to his Cabinet yesterday with the appointments of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as incoming Commerce Secretary and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor. Both positions will require Senate confirmation. In her 6th year as governor of the Ocean State and the first woman elected to the corner office in Providence, Raimondo is a former venture capitalist who was elected state Treasurer in 2010. Mayor Marty Walsh is a Boston native who previously served as the President of the Greater Boston Building and Construction Trades Council and enjoyed strong support from the two largest AFL-CIO affiliates, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). A former President of the Laborer’s Council for many years, Walsh served as a state representative for 17 years before his election to the Mayor’s office in 2014. As an aside, President-elect Biden and Walsh have been close friends for many years and Biden even officiated at Walsh’s 2nd inaugural in 2017.