Pete Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was one of the most public faces of the Biden-Harris 2020 Campaign. While well-liked, most Democrats believed Buttigieg lacked the needed experience to lead the country. After ending his own Presidential bid, Mayor Pete put all of his energy into supporting the Democratic ticket, often appearing on conservative news outlets such as Fox News in an attempt to counter-balance the false Trump-controlled narratives. Once the election was called for Biden and Harris, the transition team immediately began moving forward despite obstructions, announcing important Cabinet roles and Senior White House Staff. Twitter pundits kept waiting to see what the team had in store for Buttigieg, whose bright future in politics all but demanded a public-facing role with the incoming administration.
On Tuesday, the Biden Transition Team formally announced Buttigieg has been chosen for a major Cabinet role, tapping him for Secretary of Transportation. The former mayor was considered for a host of other posts, including US ambassador to the United Nations and commerce secretary. Buttigieg, who is openly gay, would be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary should his nomination make it through the chamber.
Biden had openly praised Buttigieg on the campaign trail, even comparing him to his late son Beau Biden during a campaign appearance last spring. “I know that may not mean much to most people, but to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman,” Biden said at the time.
Without any judgment on the policy pros/cons of Mayor Pete to DOT, the fact that for the first time there's an openly gay person and a millennial in the cabinet is a GOOD thing.
Representation isn't everything, but representation matters.#youthvote
— Ben Wessel (@BenWessel) December 15, 2020
The role of transportation secretary is expected to play a central role in Biden’s push for a bipartisan infrastructure package. The President-Elect often spoke glowingly of Buttigieg after the Democratic primary, which most political observers expected to turn into a top job in the incoming administration. This public-facing role is an important addition to Buttigieg’s resume and will only serve to help him should he run for president again.