WASHINGTON, D.C. — (12-17-20) —  President-Elect Joe Biden has named Pete Buttigieg for his Transportation Secretary.  Buttigieg makes history for being the first openly Gay nominee to go before the U.S. Senate for confirmation for a cabinet post.

The President-elect formally introduced Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Transportation secretary from Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday.

“I got to know Pete on the campaign trail,” Biden said, referring to the 2020 Democratic primary, in which both the president-elect and Buttigieg were rivals for the White House. “One of the smartest people you will ever meet. And one of the most humble. Mayor from the heartland, a management expert, and a policy wonk with a big heart.” said Biden.

Biden praised the former mayor, presidential candidate and veteran Buttigieg for his leadership style and new ideas.

“He’s able to walk into any room and leave people inspired with his ability to describe an America that’s the best of us,” said Biden.

Watch President-Elect Biden Introduce Buttigieg

Buttigieg’s Cabinet nomination is a history-making move and adds to the diversity of Biden’s Cabinet as promised during his campaign. Pete Buttigieg would be the first openly gay Senate-confirmed member of a presidential Cabinet if he is confirmed by the Senate. Rick Grenell, who served as the acting director of national intelligence from February to May, was the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.

Additionally, Buttigieg would be the only millennial to serve in Biden’s Cabinet.

The former mayor took to the podium and recalled watching the confirmation hearing of James Hormel, America’s first openly gay man to represent the U.S. as an ambassador, during the Clinton administration.

Senate Republicans at the time worked to block Hormel’s nomination, but he was ultimately appointed to be U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg through a recess appointment by Clinton.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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