Elect Joe Biden has outlined his former Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg as his nominee to become secretary of transportation, and said the 38-year old could be a “new voice” to combat economic inequality, institutional racism and climate change.
A local mayor, a management expert, a large heart policy adviser, a veteran, lieutenant in the US Navy Reserve, an Intelligence Officer stationed in Afghanistan during his time mayor, a new voice with fresh ideas resolve to go past the old policy.
Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would be the first openly gay individual to be appointed to a Cabinet by the Senate.
“a Cabinet of barrier-breakers.”Joe Biden
Biden welcomed the move, saying there will be more women and color than ever before until his new administration picks its top job and vowed a “Cabinet of barrier-breakers.”
“We need someone who knows how to work with state, local and federal agencies,”Joe Biden
‘We need someone who knows how to work with state, local and federal agencies,’ Biden said of Buttigieg, who formerly served in Afghanistan with the Navy.
Biden, 78, says he views himself as a bridge to a new batch of leaders such as Buttigieg.
“Its impact will reverberate well beyond the department he will lead,”chief executive
“Its impact will reverberate well beyond the department he will lead,” said Group President and CEO Annise Parker.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. transportation system is about to collapse and will be struggling for billions of dollars from an $25 billion appropriation approved in April by Congress.
This is a moment of tremendous opportunity—to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all.
I'm honored that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as Secretary of Transportation.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 16, 2020