US President Joe Biden’s decide for secretary of transportation was confirmed on Tuesday by the Senate, making Pete Buttigieg the primary brazenly homosexual member of a White House cupboard.
Buttigieg, a breakout star of the 2020 Democratic presidential marketing campaign earlier than dropping out and endorsing Biden, was confirmed by a powerful bipartisan vote of 86 to 13.
The affirmation elevates Buttigieg, the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a US Navy veteran who served in Afghanistan as a army intelligence officer, to the management of a sprawling federal company at simply 39 years of age.
“Mr. Buttigieg is committed to working with members from both sides to improve rail and transit, highways, and more-in rural communities, urban centers, and everywhere in between,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer mentioned earlier than the vote.
Biden has mentioned he’s keen to place collectively a sweeping infrastructure bundle. Buttigieg, who like Biden ran as a average Democrat, may very well be instrumental in successful over bipartisan help.
Buttigieg turns into a part of what Biden has described as essentially the most numerous cupboard in US historical past.
A affirmation vote on Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s alternative for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, was set for later Tuesday. Mayorkas could be the primary Latino and first immigrant to go the division.
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