A Big Step Up From Mayor Of South Bend. Biden Selects Pete Buttigieg For Transportation Secretary.

FILE - In this April 29, 2019 file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg, from South Bend, Indiana, listens during a lunch meeting with civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton at Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the transportation department. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, Pool)

President-elect Joe Biden has had a special affection for South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg for a long time, for several reasons. For one thing, Buttigieg was one of the first former Democratic presidential candidates who endorsed Biden after the primary in South Carolina. Having gotten to know Buttigieg during their debates, Biden said this about his former rival: “I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau. I know that may not mean much to most people, but, to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman.”

They will be working together now for the next four years, after Biden named him the Transportation Secretary in his administration.

It will be an important and high-profile role, since the Secretary of Transportation will have the lead role in getting a bipartisan infrastructure package pushed through. Biden has talked about a $2 trillion proposal called Build Back Better that he’s mentioned would go toward schools, water systems, broadband access and transit. Some of the specifics in the proposal include building 550,000 electric-vehicle charging stations and high-speed rail.

If confirmed, Buttigieg would oversee 55,000 employees in a department that operates with a $90 billion budget.

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please hover over that comment, click the ∨ icon, and mark it as spam. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.