Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has been confirmed as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Buttigieg was confirmed by a vote of 86-13 with both Indiana senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Mike Braun (R-IN) voting to confirm.
Buttigieg is the first openly-gay Cabinet member to be confirmed by the Senate.
“Investing in America’s infrastructure like roads, rails, and waterways is not a partisan issue, and I’m pleased to have a Hoosier at the helm of the Department of Transportation,” said Young. “I look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to continue to bring investment to Indiana.”
“Today I voted to confirm fellow Hoosier Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation following conversations with him where he committed to finding bipartisan solutions to confront the transportation and infrastructure challenges facing our country and acknowledged that funding infrastructure with more debt is not sustainable,” said Braun. “As the former CEO of a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Jasper, I know firsthand that Indiana is the Crossroads of America and a hub for auto manufacturing, and Hoosiers need robust and sustainable assistance from the federal government to maintain and expand our transportation infrastructure.”
Buttigieg was nominated for the position in December.