BIDEN APPOINTS PETE BUTTIGIEG AS US TRANSPORT SECRETARY
According to four people familiar with the matter, making him the first of Biden’s Democratic rivals for the presidency to land a role in his Cabinet. President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pete Buttigieg to lead the US Transportation Department.
Buttigieg’s appointment, 38, is another step in a meteoric political rise for the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who showed surprising strength as a presidential candidate. If confirmed by the US Senate, he would run a sprawling federal agency that oversees the nation’s airlines, highways and transit systems.
Also, Buttigieg would make history as the first LGBTQ person nominated to Biden’s administration and, if confirmed, the first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary to be approved by the Senate.
An announcement on his nomination is imminent, the people familiar with the matter said, asking for anonymity before a formal announcement. A spokesman for Biden’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A representative for Buttigieg also did not respond to a request for comment.
Buttigieg had been rumoured for several different spots in Biden’s administration. He was surprisingly competitive during the Democratic Party primary, winning the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, showing formidable fundraising might and enjoying massive popularity on social media.