Washington, December 16
US President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pete Buttigieg to be his Transportation Secretary, elevating the former mayor of Indiana and a one-time rival to a top post in his Cabinet.
The first openly gay major presidential candidate in American history, and one of the youngest-ever to win a state primary or caucus, Buttigieg, 38, is a barrier-breaking public servant from the industrial Midwest with a track record of trailblazing, forward-thinking executive leadership.
Buttigieg vaulted to national prominence due to his success in revitalising his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. First elected at the age of 29, Buttigieg worked inclusively and creatively to bring together public, private, and community leaders to restore pride to South Bend and turn the city — once called one of America’s “dying cities”— into a bustling hub of innovation and job growth.
It’s Time to empower Americans: Buttigieg
I’m honoured that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as the Secretary of Transportation. Now is the time to build infrastructure that creates millions of jobs and empowers all Americans to thrive. Pete Buttigieg
“Buttigieg is a patriot and a problem-solver. 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.
“I trust Mayor Pete to lead this work with focus, decency, and a bold vision — he will bring people together,” he said. — PTI