Pete Buttigieg to be named U.S. Transportation Secretary
WASHINGTON — Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg will be the new U.S. Secretary of Transportation, according to media reports on Tuesday.
If confirmed, he would be the first confirmed out gay cabinet secretary.
The Washington Post confirmed the news with three people familiar with the decision.
Buttigieg was one of many candidates during the presidential primaries this year, but dropped out at the beginning of March.
A former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Navy veteran, he ran as a moderate in the primaries. While he did get some delegates during the primaries, he did not win any. He did get attention as the highest-profile out LGBTQ candidate in the 2020 election, he also struggled to gain traction with the more progressive parts of the LGBTQ community and among Black voters.
Buttigieg seemed to confirm the nomination in a tweet Tuesday evening.
This is a moment of tremendous opportunity—to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 16, 2020
I’m honored that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as Secretary of Transportation.
The National LGBTQ Task Force celebrated the news.
“If confirmed, he will be the first out LGBTQ Cabinet Secretary in history,” said Rea Carey, Task Force executive director. “Our hope is that this historic first is just that – the first – of more LGBTQ nominees at this and other levels of government service. Our community has a deep, diverse and talented bench to serve in all agencies. We know the day will come when we will have accomplished the “firsts” and can celebrate the full range of contributions made by LGBTQ people in government.”
Updated 6:37 p.m. with reaction from Buttigieg and National LGBTQ Task Force