He’s the First Openly Gay Senate-Confirmed Cabinet Secretary

Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation Secretary Tuesday as the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic presidential candidate, received overwhelming bipartisan support with a 86-13 vote.

Following the vote, Buttigieg said he was “honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate—and ready to get to work.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the incoming Democratic chair of the panel overseeing Buttigieg’s confirmation, praised him Tuesday as a “young, energetic mayor” who could “help us usher in a new era of transportation.” KEEP READING
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