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What they are saying about Biden’s Department of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021

U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Tuesday announced Mayor Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

The first openly gay major presidential candidate in American history, and one of the youngest ever to win a state primary or caucus, Buttigieg is a barrier-breaking public servant from the industrial Midwest with a track record of trailblazing, forward-thinking executive leadership.

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, visited Littleton, New Hampshire during a campaign stop on Nov. 10. 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, visited Littleton, New Hampshire during a campaign stop on Nov. 10. 2019.

Below are the reactions that followed Buttigieg’s nomination

Alphonso David, President, Human Rights Campaign
“With news of  @PeteButtigieg ‘s historic nomination, @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris  are keeping their promise & taking a significant step to create an administration that better reflects the diversity of our nation. When confirmed, Pete will soon make history as the first Senate-confirmed, openly LGBTQ member of the cabinet — a milestone worth celebrating. We have & will continue to engage with the Transition team to ensure that LGBTQ people will be appointed at all levels of government & that those appointments will reflect the full diversity of our community, including LGBTQ people of color, trans & gender non-conforming people.” [Tweet Thread, 12/15/20]


Sara Nelson, President, Association of Flight Attendants
“Congratulations, @PeteButtigieg and well done @joebiden @KamalaHarris @Transition46 on making it clear this is a position of importance for the immediate challenges before us and critical issues for our future. @afa_cwa looks forward to working together!” [Tweet, 12/15/20]


Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
“It’s a good pick,” former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican who served in Obama’s Cabinet, told Axios. “It sends a loud message to mayors and to cities that they count. It’s where the action is on putting people to work.” [Statement, 12/15/20]


Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus
“Today, the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus praised the selection of Pete Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation, noting the historic nature of the selection and thanked President-Elect Joseph R. Biden for paving the way for the first LGBTQ cabinet member.” [Statement, 12/15/20]


Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President & CEO
“Mayor Pete Buttigieg would be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary should his nomination make it through the chamber. This will be a historic milestone for LGBTQ visibility. Pete’s experience and skills as a leader, manager and brilliant communicator, combined with his heartland roots and his unqualified commitment to diversity and equality, will improve the lives of all Americans as Transportation Secretary. Congratulations to @PeteButtigieg and his husband @Chasten on their groundbreaking new roles.” [Tweet Thread, 12/15/20]


Senator Tom Carper, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
“President-elect @JoeBiden promised the American people that we will build back better. With @PeteButtigieg at the helm of the Department of Transportation, we will. I look forward to the work ahead of us to break ground on a better future for all Americans.”[Tweet, 12/15/20]

Senator Sherrod Brown
“@PeteButtigieg is more than ready to finally address our nation’s infrastructure crisis. Looking forward to working with him to ensure our infrastructure and public transportation systems will be sustainable and equitable for generations to come.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Senator Todd Young 
“New: Republican @SenToddYoung on @PeteButtigieg’s Transportation secretary nomination: “As a former city leader here in Indiana, Pete understands how critical infrastructure is to growth and opportunity. It will be good to have a Hoosier serving in this capacity.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Senator Amy Klobuchar
“Congratulations @PeteButtigieg! From roads to rail, there is so much to be done and I’m looking forward to working with you! I know you will bring both your big ideas & your local government experience to the job. John & I look forward to welcoming you & Chasten to Washington.” [Tweet, 12/15/20

Senator Michael Bennet 
“It’s going to take plenty of intellect, vision, and drive to bring America’s transportation infrastructure into the 21st century. @PeteButtigieg has these qualities in spades. I applaud President-elect Biden on this historic nomination for @USDOT.” [Tweet, 12/15/20

Representative Peter DeFazio, Chair, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
“Pete Buttigieg is a strong choice to lead the Biden administration’s efforts to ‘Build Back Better’ with infrastructure plans that not only move our country into the modern era, but also generate the economic activity that this country so badly needs right now to pull us out of economic recession.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Representative Gregory Meeks
“Infrastructure will be a significant focus of the next Congress and next administration. Good to know someone as bright and determined as @PeteButtigieg is being asked to lead DOT.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative André Carson
“This is a proud and historic moment for Hoosiers and for all Americans. Pete Buttigieg is extremely qualified to lead this agency, and I look forward to working with him to address transportation needs in our state and across America.” [Tweet, 12/15/20

Representative Andy Kim
“Pete will bring an intelligence and ingenuity to a job that touches every American and will work every day for smart policies that will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure and our middle class. I’ve known Pete for most of my adult life. I’ve seen him answer the call to serve and put the American people first. I have the utmost confidence that he will serve in this role ably and look forward to seeing him swiftly confirmed.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester
“Those of us who’ve worked in state & local govt. know that’s where the rubber meets the road when it comes to infrastructure and transportation. Few know it better than @PeteButtigieg. He’s an excellent choice for @USDOT who will help @JoeBiden & @KamalaHarris #BuildBackBetter” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Tim Ryan
“Congratulations to my friend @PeteButtigieg on his nomination to Transportation Secretary. Getting to know you on the Comeback Cities Tour was one of my favorite moments of the cycle. Another win for the #BidenHarris team, and for America’s heartland too!” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Anthony Brown
“@PeteButtigieg has served our country with honor, blazed a trail for others and has the forward thinking vision DOT needs for America to Build Back Better. I’m looking forward to working with Secretary-designate Pete to modernize our infrastructure and invest in our communities.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Don Beyer
“If reports are accurate, President-elect Joe Biden has again shown his commitment to diversity and made history with the first-ever nomination of an openly gay American to lead a Cabinet department. An excellent and inspired choice!! “Secretary Pete” has a great ring to it.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Angie Craig 
“So pleased that @PeteButtigieg will have an important role leading transportation policy in the Biden Administration – and thrilled that @JoeBiden has made LGBTQ representation in his Cabinet a top priority.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Chuy Garcia 
“Looking forward to working with Pete Buttigieg on increasing equity in transportation. I’ll continue leading the charge to get funding for our public transit systems which are a lifeline for working people in Chicago and across the country. #SavePublicTransit” [Tweet, 12/15/20

Representative Debbie Dingell 
“We need an Administration willing to make bold infrastructure investments. As Secretary of Transportation, @PeteButtigieg will help keep our auto industry at the forefront of innovation and technology, strengthen emission standards, & rebuild our roads, bridges & public transit.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Representative Ann Kuster
“Congratulations to my dear friend @PeteButtigieg on being named Transportation Secretary for the #BidenHarris Administration! Pete has the expertise to do this critical job & help America rebuild our infrastructure to compete in the 21st Century economy!” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

The United States Conference of Mayors
“As a former mayor,  @PeteButtigieg  is acutely aware of the infrastructure challenges facing cities across the country and the impact they have on the health of the economy, the environment, and the quality of people’s lives.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
“This is great news for our families, our businesses and our nation’s economy. Every American deserves to drive to work and drop their kids at school safely, without blowing a tire or cracking a windshield. Mayor Buttigieg has shown a deep commitment to getting things done for Americans everywhere and I know he will work around the clock to fix and protect our nation’s infrastructure. President-elect Biden has proven once again that he is committed to building an administration that represents the great diversity of our nation, with more women, more people of color and more members of the LGBTQ+ community at the table. I look forward to working closely with Mayor Buttigieg and the entire Biden Administration to fix the damn roads and protect Michiganders from shelling out hundreds of dollars a year on car repairs. Let’s get to work.”  [Statement, 12/15/20]
 

Jason Collins
“This is incredible news!!! @PeteButtigieg is absolutely brilliant and will excel as our next Secretary of Transportation. @JoeBiden has made an excellent pick & addition to his Cabinet.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

John Samuelsen, President, Transport Workers Union
“Pete Buttigieg is committed to transformational infrastructure investment that creates good jobs and he is ready to lead the fight for transportation workers. The TWU is looking forward to working with Secretary-designate Buttigieg to invest in public transit, raise safety standards for aircraft maintenance, prioritize Amtrak, and ensure that workers benefit from new technologies like autonomous vehicles as our economy grows.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

National Air Traffic Controllers Association
“#NATCA congratulates & supports  @JoeBiden’s choice for @USDOT Sec.: “This is a critical time. The nomination of Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a positive step as we move forward.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
“Transportation labor congratulates @PeteButtigieg  on his nomination by  @JoeBiden  to lead the  @USDOT. He understands that working people keep America moving and his desire to support working families will serve him well in this role. @AFLCIO” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Jim Hoffa, President, Teamsters
“I got a chance to meet Pete during the Teamsters’ presidential candidate forum last December and spoke to him again today. Both times I was left impressed by what I heard. He is a problem-solver that we require at a time when elected officials in the nation’s capital have talked a big game about upgrading the nation’s infrastructure but gotten little done. We need a strong voice to lead the effort to improve the nation’s transportation networks so they can handle the needs of a 21st century economy. Pete Buttigieg is solid choice to do so. As the largest transportation union in North America, we look forward to working with Pete to improve the lives of workers, and I urge the Senate to promptly confirm him as Transportation Secretary once lawmakers are sworn in next month.” [Statement, 12/15/20] 

League of Conservation Voters
“We’re thrilled for Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation to a 100% clean energy future and deliver on Biden’s Build Back Better plan. Buttigieg’s experience advocating for clean, place-based transportation at the local level and in his 2020 presidential campaign plans for environmentally-smart infrastructure and disaster resilience and preparedness bodes well for state and local partnerships to reduce pollution. As we transition to a zero-emission future, we fully expect the Department of Transportation to ensure frontline communities and communities of color are front and center at every step.Buttigieg’s historic nomination to be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary builds on President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris’ commitment to staffing the government with a diverse set of leaders more reflective of the makeup of our country.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Chris Spear, President & CEO, American Trucking Associations
“Transportation is an issue that touches all Americans – urban, rural, coastal and in the heartland of our nation. Having served as a mayor, Pete Buttigieg has had an up close and personal look at how our infrastructure problems are impacting Americans, and how important it is to solve them.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Annise Parker, LGBTQ Victory Insitute President and CEO
“Pete’s nomination is a new milestone in a decades-long effort to ensure LGBTQ people are represented throughout our government – and its impact will reverberate well-beyond the department he will lead. It distances our nation from a troubled legacy of barring out LGBTQ people from government positions and moves us closer to the President-elect’s vision of a government that reflects America. As an out LGBTQ person, Pete will bring a unique perspective that will inform and influence policy throughout the federal government. Most important, however, is that Pete will bring his intellect and energy to the Department of Transportation and our nation will be better off because of it.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Sierra Club
“Today’s historic news of Pete Buttigieg being the likely nominee for Secretary of the Department of Transportation furthers our high hopes that President-elect Biden will prioritize investment in clean transportation and infrastructure, from public transit to 100% clean vehicles.  We urge Buttigieg to act swiftly on these important priorities.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Brian Bond, Executive Director, PFLAG
“The nomination of #PeteButtigieg, an out member of the #LGBTQ+ community, to serve in the #BidenHarris  Administration as Secretary of Transportation gives us this hope…We continue to be heartened and excited about the next administration, a team as diverse as the country they will serve. @PeteButtigieg is, at heart, a dedicated public servant, one with fresh ideas who is energetic and committed to making a difference.”  [Tweet, 12/15/20]

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 
“The IAM, the largest transportation union in the United States, applauds President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Pete Buttigieg to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Buttigieg understands that U.S. transportation workers are the ones who move the American people and serve as the cornerstone of our nation’s economy. Pete Buttigieg has proven time and time again that he not only listens to the working men and women of our nation, he believes in them,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “The IAM is looking forward to working with Pete Buttigieg on the massive transportation challenges that are awaiting the Biden Administration.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Steve Benjamin, Mayor, Columbia, SC
“@PeteButtigieg ⁩ is a strong pick at ⁦ @USDOT⁩ for America & America’s cities.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Christopher Cabaldon, Mayor, West Sacramento, CA
“An appointment that is at once profoundly historic & fixed firmly on the future. The roads (+rails, trails & runways) to climate resiliency, equity, safety & building back better meet at @USDOT. Superb pick of @PeteButtigieg by President-elect @JoeBiden.” [Tweet, 12/15/20

Airports Council International-North America 
The industry group representing airports says it “looks forward to working hand-in-hand” with Pete Buttigieg as DOT secretary. @airportscouncil says airports have been decimated by the pandemic and Buttigieg “will be taking the helm at a critical time.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
“With Pete Buttigieg, New Jersey will have an ally for safe and modern infrastructure in Washington leading the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a former mayor, he knows [the] importance of investing in safer, more efficient interstate roads and bridges, and in the connections provided by a secure rail network. President-elect Biden has chosen the right person to lead on delivering the promise of clean energy and electric vehicles, on creating new union jobs, and on investments in environmental justice – all of which are inextricably intertwined within our transportation infrastructure.” [Statement, 12/15/20]

Christine Hunschofsky, Florida state representative and former mayor of Parkland
“Congratulations @PeteButtigieg! Pete’s leadership style, work ethic, communication skills, attention to detail, and understanding of transportation and infrastructure impacts on communities make him a fantastic choice for this position!” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Todd Gloria, Mayor, San Diego
“Another historic pick by @JoeBiden. Glad to see a former mayor selected to lead the new administration’s infrastructure efforts. Congratulations @PeteButtigieg!” [Tweet, 12/15/20]


David Holt, Mayor, Oklahoma City
Congratulations to my friend & fellow mayor @PeteButtigieg! With Mayor Pete at the helm of Transportation I’m optimistic an infrastructure package meeting the needs of cities will be at the top of the national agenda. [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Adrian Perkins, Mayor, Shreveport, LA
“Congratulations to @PeteButtigieg on being named Secretary of Transportation by President-elect @JoeBiden. Pete will serve our country admirably as he has done for years.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Satya Rhodes-Conway, Mayor, Madison, WI
“Congratulations to @PeteButtigieg who will make a great #Transportation Secretary! It will be great for cities to have a former Mayor at the helm of @USDOT”[Tweet, 12/15/20]

César Chávez, Arizona state representative
“Congratulations Mayor @PeteButtigieg on this nomination. If confirmed, he will be the first #LGBT+ member of a President’s cabinet in United States’ history.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Lambda Legal
“We’re excited to see the nomination of the first openly LGBTQ Cabinet secretary. Congratulations, @PeteButtigieg! 🏳️‍🌈” [Twitter, 12/15/20]

Climate Power
“NEW: @ClimatePower Executive Director @loril on Transportation Secretary nominee @PeteButtigieg, and how he will be key to cutting carbon pollution and building back better, as the transportation sector is the leading emitter of carbon pollution.” [Tweet, 12/15/20]

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers.
“If confirmed, @PeteButtigieg will be the first openly gay cabinet member. An incredible achievement. Congratulations, Mayor!” [Twitter, 12/15/20

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