Joe Biden Nominates Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary

Joe Biden will nominate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary, the United States president-elect announced on Dec. 15.

Joe Biden will nominate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be his transportation secretary, the United States president-elect announced on Dec. 15.

“Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a patriot and a problem-solver who speaks to the best of who we are as a nation. I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because this position stands at the nexus of so many of the interlocking challenges and opportunities ahead of us,” Biden said.

Biden also said in a statement that the Department of Transportation is the “site of some of our most ambitious plans to build back better” and that he trusts Buttigieg “to lead this work with focus, decency, and a bold vision.”

“He will bring people together to get big things done,” Biden said.

Buttigieg would be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.

The 38-year-old former mayor was an opponent of Biden during the 2020 primary elections and was the first openly gay candidate in a major party to win delegates. He dropped out last March and endorsed Biden for president.

During his time as mayor, Buttigieg launched urban development projects, including the “Smart Streets” initiative that created two-way traffic patterns to “better accommodate motorists, transit riders, cyclists, and pedestrians,” according to the initiative’s government website.

However, some critics said that the infrastructure projects did not accommodate racial minorities, as some areas that are predominantly Black neighborhoods in South Bend became poorer and felt neglected when he became mayor in 2012.


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