U.S. Senate confirms Pete Buttigieg as first openly gay person to lead Transportation Department

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as the first openly gay person to lead Transportation Department.

The Senate voted 86 to 13 to confirm Buttigieg, 39, as the Transportation Secretary.

The Department of Transportation is responsible for keeping American roads and skies safe, but he is expected to play a bigger role in President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s push to fight climate change.

Biden nominated Buttigieg last December, with the White House saying that he is expected to bring the same vision and policy acumen that reinvigorated South Bend when he was Mayor to the task of implementing Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, including rebuilding modern, sustainable infrastructure nationwide and creating millions of good-paying union jobs.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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