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Arlington, Va. — Today, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) President and CEO Eric Fanning released the following statement praising Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate:

“Throughout her career, Gina Raimondo has demonstrated her leadership and commitment to public service, and we applaud her confirmation. Secretary Raimondo will lead a department with crucial responsibilities, including promoting U.S. products in the global marketplace, overseeing export licensing, and guiding the next steps in commercial space growth. These efforts are essential to the health of the U.S. manufacturing base of the aerospace and defense industry, which supports more than two million jobs and generated a $79 billion trade surplus in 2019 alone. We look forward to working with the secretary and her team to accelerate America’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, while also strengthening U.S. competitiveness in the years to come.”

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