(Washington) Former Democratic presidential nominee Pete Buttigig became the first gay prime minister in U.S. history on Tuesday after the Senate confirmed his appointment as Secretary of Transportation.
Joe Biden’s new minister promised a safer, more modern and greener infrastructure, with 86 votes in favor and 13 against.
Mr Buttigeg is committed to working with members of both parties to improve rail and transportation, roads and more, ”said Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer ahead of the vote, citing communities’ rural and urban centers.
“Our economy needs to be restructured better than ever before and the Department of Transportation has a key role to play in achieving this,” 39-year-old Pete Buttigeg said during his hearing before senators on Jan. 21.
He also stressed the desire of the Biden administration to ensure equity in access to transportation and appealed for further intimacy with local elected officials.
The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, promised that his experience as a locally elected representative for a small American town would enable him to solve national problems in a more poignant way.
During his presidential campaign, Joe Biden unveiled a 10-year investment plan to build schools, roads, bridges, railways and pipelines and to enter the clean energy economy.
Pete Buttigeg, who introduced himself to the general public by running for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, was a regular in the campaign with her husband Chasten.