Biden Names Pete Buttigieg as New Secretary of Transportation

By Kurt Stolz on 16 December 2020
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The White House in Washington, D.C.

President-Elect Joseph Biden named former Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be the next secretary of transportation.

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a leader, patriot, and problem-solver. He speaks to the best of who we are as a nation,” Biden said in a tweet announcing the appointment, adding that Mr. Buttigieg is “equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.”

Mr. Buttigieg’s appointment requires approval by the Senate.  He is the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a former presidential candidate. He will be the first openly gay cabinet secretary in history.

The U.S. secretary of transportation is the head of the Department of Transportation and a member of the president’s cabinet.  The secretary is fourteenth in the presidential line of succession.

The post was first created in 1966 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who signed the act that created Department of Transportation.

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