Biden announces Buttigieg as transportation pick

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Pete Buttigieg [Credit: Gregory Reed/Shutterstock.com]
Pete Buttigieg was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, where he was among the chief rivals of President-elect Joe Biden. Photo Credit: Gregory Reed/Shutterstock.com

President-elect Joe Biden has formally announced former rival Pete Buttigieg as his pick to be secretary of transportation.

Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was virtually unknown nationally when he launched a longshot bid for president, but became a formidable political force in the early primary states, finishing well ahead of Biden in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Buttigieg eventually endorsed Biden, who later suggested the ex-mayor could be a bridge to a new generation of Democratic leadership.

Buttigieg is now poised to add a youthful dynamic to the government Biden is building out.

In a statement, Biden's transition team praised Buttigieg as "a barrier-breaking public servant from the industrial Midwest with a track record of trailblazing, forward-thinking executive leadership."

Biden plans to formally introduce Buttigieg during a Delaware event Wednesday with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

This report was published by the Associated Press.

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