PROVIDENCE — Sen.
The East Side Democrat is perhaps best known outside the State House as the lead sponsor of
She is quitting the
In a statement out Tuesday morning, she said: "Moments ago, I submitted my resignation ... effective immediately. I'm honored to be joining the Biden-Harris administration today as Senior Advisor,
"Millions of women saw their lives completely disrupted by COVID. But even before COVID, inequities in our public policies meant many women struggle to make ends meet. We have a once in a generation chance to make the economy work for everyone by investing in policies that recognize the value of caregiving and eliminate discriminatory practices."
According to her LinkedIn profile, she has been a "campaign advisor " to Family Values @ Work for the last five and a half years.
"As the FMLI Campaign Advisor, she serves as a strategist for advocates working on paid leave, as a resource to other policy makers, and as a connector ... to federal efforts to create sustainable, national paid leave,'' according to the FMLI website.
Goldin's imminent resignation was the worst-kept secret at the State House on Monday, as the rumors swirled and she did not respond to inquiries.
Goldin has made a name for herself on several fronts.
She was viewed as former Sen.
Goldin was the strategic initiatives officer at the
In her first year as a senator, she championed the passage of
In 2015, she started a campaign for a "pay equity'' law to require employers to pay men and women the same wages for "comparable work," which was finally enacted this year.
She was also lead sponsor of an early
In late 2020, she announced she was exploring a run against either
Her argument: "
"I believe both need to change,'' she said.
But she failed to rally the support needed at a Senate Democratic caucus, and opted to abstain on the opening-day vote for
Ruggerio issued this statement: "Senator
For many years, she also "championed the strong pay equity law that was enacted this year. She fought tirelessly on adoption issues and for working families. The Biden administration is gaining a dedicated and passionate public servant.
"I wish her and her family the very best."
Her mid-term resignation will trigger a special election. At least two candidates surfaced.
The first was
Friedman announced in April that she was "exploring" a 2022 run for either Goldin's
"As we await the results of the Census, I want to be ready," Friedman said at the time.
According to her biography, her most recent book, "Here She Is: The Complicated Reign of the Beauty Pageant in America," links the history of beauty pageants with American feminism and pop culture.
She has degrees in sociology from Harvard,
The second Democratic candidate is less well-known in R.I. political circles:
"Geena will run as a member of the
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