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Former South Bend, Indiana mayor, Pete Buttigieg, made history Tuesday, becoming the first openly gay man to win Senate confirmation to run a cabinet administration.
Buttigieg was easily confirmed as Minister of Transport with a vote of 86-13.
Buttigieg, Biden’s former contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, was the youngest member of Biden’s government at 39. He will take charge of a sprawling agency, which has jurisdiction over everything from federal highways to pipelines, air traffic and railroads, and employs about 55,000 people.
The administration is also preparing to play a major role in the new administration’s efforts to combat climate change. Biden said His proposals for improving infrastructure will include the “second great railroad revolution,” and he will seek funding “to build more climate-resistant societies to deal with severe floods, droughts and severe storms.”
Bottegg became one of the administration’s most visible faces even before his confirmation Tonight ShowAnd the the view As well as other ports.
When his candidacy was announced, Buttigieg said he “understands that the eyes of history are turning to that appointment,” saying that he remembers when he was 17 years old seeing the news that one of the candidates who was President Bill Clinton had been rejected by the Senate . Vote because it was gay. During the stabilization session, Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, sat behind him in the hearing room.