Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said today she won't be President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.
Speaking at a news conference today, she went on to say that she is focused on her duties in her home state.
"My focus is right here in Rhode Island, as I have said. I am working 24/7 to keep Rhode Islanders safe and keep our economy moving and I have nothing else to add on that topic,” Raimondo said.
Some background: CNN reported that Raimondo was a contender for the position and had been interviewed for the job, a source familiar with the process tells CNN.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is also a leading contender to head the Department of Health and Human Services, people familiar with the matter tell CNN.
The secretary of Health and Human Services will play a central role in the coronavirus fight, which is why Biden is focusing on governors who have been on the front lines of the pandemic.