Buttigieg to be next DOT Secretary

Mayor Pete will become the next secretary of transportation.

President-elect Joe Biden said on Tuesday that he will nominate former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Biden reportedly chose Buttigieg over former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

The selection was described as the first time a president-elect has chosen one of his former competitors to join his cabinet.

Buttigieg sought the Democratic nomination for president against Biden and several other candidates earlier this year before dropping out and endorsing Biden.

Before serving as mayor of South Bend between 2012 and 2019, Buttigieg served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

He also worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.

New reports indicated that Buttigieg is expected to oversee efforts to push for Congress to approve an infrastructure stimulus package.

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