Pete Buttigieg first Openly Gay Person Confirmed to a President’s Cabinet

Pete Buttigieg won Senate approval at the beginning of February 2021 as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to be confirmed to a Cabinet post. He will be working on President Joe Biden’s ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure and fighting climate change.

“Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Biden’s one-time rival during the Democratic presidential primaries, was approved on a 86-13 vote.

“I’m honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate—and ready to get to work,” Buttigieg tweeted shortly after he was confirmed.

Praised by Biden as bringing a “new voice” to the administration, Buttigieg takes over a Transportation Department with 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions dollars.” To read more from the article on the

“Buttigieg, a Harvard graduate and Rhodes scholar, now points to his experience as a mayor and on the campaign trail as valuable to his ground-level approach to improving transportation. He described initiating a “smart streets” program to make South Bend’s downtown more pedestrian- and bicyclist-friendly while spurring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic investment.” Quoted from the article on the article.

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