Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg, First Brazenly Homosexual US Cupboard Member
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 Home 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 dedicated to working with members from either side to enhance rail and transit, highways, and more-in rural communities, city facilities, and in every single place in between,” Senate Majority Chief 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 reasonable Democrat, may very well be instrumental in profitable over bipartisan assist.
Buttigieg turns into a part of what Biden has described as probably the most numerous cupboard in US historical past.
A affirmation vote on Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s selection for secretary of the Division of Homeland Safety, was set for later Tuesday. Mayorkas can be the primary Latino and first immigrant to move the division.
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