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Pete Buttigieg

May 25, 2022
 width=Pete Buttigieg currently serves as the 19th Secretary of Transportation, sworn in on Feb. 3, 2021.

In 2019, he launched his historic campaign for president. Throughout 2020, he campaigned for the election of the Biden-Harris ticket and served on the advisory board for the presidential transition. In December, he was nominated by President-elect Biden to be Secretary of Transportation, becoming the first openly gay person confirmed to serve in a president’s Cabinet.

Before joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. During his time, median household income grew, poverty fell, and unemployment was cut in half. Further, the city established new resources to extend opportunity and access to technology for all residents.

A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg also served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.