Biden’s Expected Nominee for Transportation Secretary Will Be a First in History

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce former South Bend Mayor and primary opponent Pete Buttigieg as his nominee to helm the Department of Transportation, multiple sources confirmed to CBS News.

Buttigieg, 38, rose to prominence among the crowded field of Democratic candidates vying for the party’s presidential nomination, placing first in the Iowa caucuses and second in the New Hampshire primary. The former mayor suspended his presidential campaign in March just before Super Tuesday, and threw his support behind Mr. Biden before primary voters went to the polls on March 4.

After receiving Buttigieg’s endorsement, the president-elect compared his onetime rival to his late son, Beau Biden, who died in 2015.

“I warned Pete that if I were lucky enough to get the nomination, that I would be asking him to join. I would be asking him to be involved in this process because there are a generation of leaders Pete’s age, like my son, Beau, who have unlimited potential. Unlimited potential,” Mr. Biden said in March. “And I look over at Pete during the debates, and I’d think… I think, you know… that’s a Beau because he has such enormous character, such intellectual capacity, and such a commitment to other people.” KEEP READING
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