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    South by Southwest (SXSW) — the annual film, media, and music festival in Austin, Texas — has added U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to its lineup of keynote speakers. Buttigieg joins Priya Parker, host of the New York Times podcast “Together Apart,” and Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown, as the keynote lineup at SXSW, according to a report by Deadline. “The three Keynote Speakers we’re announcing today are a perfect complement to our Conference lineup for SXSW Online 2021,” ‎SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest said. “Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg will emphasize SXSW’s continued focus on how technological innovations are transforming mobility,” he added. Forrest went on to mention that filmmaker Ava DuVernay, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, and former president George W. Bush have also been added to the lineup. “Bush is the third president to speak in our conference, is part of what makes SXSW special and we look forward to everyone being...
    The U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday as transportation secretary in President Joe Biden’s administration. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, tweeted he was “honored and humbled” by the Senate’s 86-13 confirmation vote and that he was “ready to get to work.” Buttigieg, an opponent of Biden during the Democratic presidential primaries, is the first openly gay person to fill a U.S. Cabinet position. The 39-year-old will play a leading role in advancing Biden’s infrastructure rebuilding and climate change agendas. He assumes control of an agency with 55,000 employees and a multibillion-dollar budget. He has vowed to begin quickly promoting safety and restoring trust in the country’s transportation systems as airlines, city subway and bus systems, and Amtrak struggle to regain customers lost during the coronavirus pandemic. Buttigieg is also expected to play a leading role in implementing Biden’s $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan that will focus...
    The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as President Joe Biden’s Transportation Secretary on Tuesday. The Senate confirmed the president’s nominee, who also ran against Biden in the Democrat primary race, 86-13, making him the first Senate-confirmed, openly LGBT cabinet secretary, as many social media users observed. “This confirmation breaks through a barrier that has existed for too long; where LGBTQ identity served as an impediment to nomination or confirmation at the highest level of government,” Alphonso David, President of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement as others celebrated his confirmation on social media. Notably, many failed to mention that former acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell technically served as the first openly gay cabinet member in U.S. history under former President Donald Trump, though in an acting capacity: BREAKING: The Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation with a vote of 86-13; the...
    (CNN) — The Senate voted to confirm Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary on Tuesday, making him the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary. Buttigieg’s confirmation elevates the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to a top post in the federal government. The choice vaults a candidate President Joe Biden spoke glowingly of after the primary into a top job in his incoming administration and could earn Buttigieg what many Democrats believe is needed experience should he run for president again. The role of transportation secretary is expected to play a central role in Biden’s push for a bipartisan infrastructure package. The Senate is also set to vote later Tuesday to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as Homeland Security secretary. Mayorkas was among Biden’s earliest announced nominees and would be the first Latino and immigrant to serve at the helm of the department. His confirmation will fill a critical role in the new administration...
    More On: Pete Buttigieg Corey Johnson asks Biden DOT nominee Pete Buttigieg to OK NYC congestion tolls Pete Buttigieg will press infrastructure plan during Senate hearing Buttigieg faces conflict with big campaign donors with South Bend contracts Joe Biden’s beyond-puzzling Cabinet picks The Senate on Tuesday voted 86-13 to confirm former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as President Biden’s transportation secretary. Buttigieg, 39, is the first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member and the second with a cabinet-level job after acting intelligence director Richard Grenell, who held that office last year. Most Republicans supported Buttigieg’s confirmation after he won 21-3 committee approval. Buttigieg emerged from obscurity to win the delegate count in last year’s Iowa Democratic caucuses. But his win in the first-voting presidential primary contest was muddled by a catastrophic vote-count technology failure, inhibiting a traditional publicity, polling and fundraising bump. The former mayor dropped out of the...
    Pete Buttigieg was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to be President Joe Biden's Transportation secretary.  Buttigieg received overwhelming bipartisan support - with a vote of 86 to 13 - to become the nation's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet secretary.  He previously competed against Biden in last year's Democratic primaries, winning the Iowa caucuses, but dropping out and throwing his support behind the former vice president before the Super Tuesday contests in early March.   Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ran for the White House against now President Joe Biden in 2020, became the country's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member after a Senate confirmation vote Tuesday  A key ally to Biden's campaign, who helped with now Vice President Kamala Harris' debate prep, Buttigieg was reportedly being considered for a number of roles before Biden settled on Transportation head.    In mid-December, when Biden announced Buttigieg as his DOT pick, the...
    By Keith Laing | Bloomberg The U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary on Tuesday, making the former Midwest mayor the first openly gay cabinet member approved by the chamber and putting him in a key role to help the Biden administration meet ambitious climate and Covid goals. Buttigieg, a military veteran and former South Bend, Indiana, mayor who gained national attention in an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, was approved by a Senate vote of 86-13. Buttigieg becomes the first openly gay cabinet member confirmed by the Senate. During the Trump administration, Richard Grenell served as acting director of national intelligence in 2020 but was never confirmed by the Senate. Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Institute, hailed the historic nature of Buttigieg’s Senate confirmation. “Pete shattered a centuries-old political barrier with overwhelming bipartisan support and that paves the way for more...
    Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as President Joe Biden’s transportation secretary on Tuesday by a vote of 86-13. Buttigieg, a one-time Biden rival during the 2020 presidential race, was widely expected to be confirmed after sailing through his Senate hearing with bipartisan praise and clearing the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee vote 21-3. “I look forward to seeing Pete Buttigieg confirmed by the full Senate,” said Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, the committee’s top Republican, ahead of the vote. “Transportation issues have historically been addressed on a bipartisan basis, and I expect to continue that practice with Mr. Buttigieg.” As secretary, he will play a large role in Biden’s climate policy and economic recovery. His department is responsible for implementing fuel economy standards within the automotive industry and will help materialize Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure and climate plan, which he campaigned on throughout 2020. Former South Bend,...
    Pete Buttigieg, known throughout his 2020 presidential bid as "Mayor Pete," got a big promotion Tuesday to become President Biden's next Transportation Secretary.  "I'm excited to call him Secretary Pete," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., quipped of the "outstanding" nominee.  The Senate confirmed Buttigieg's nomination by a vote of 86 to 13.  PETE BUTTIGIEG: 5 THINGS TO KNOW Buttigieg becomes the first openly gay person, and one of the youngest, confirmed by the Senate to a major Cabinet post. Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who had a strong start to his 2020 presidential bid by narrowly winning the Iowa caucuses. He dropped out of the race on March 1, 2020 and endorsed Biden. Biden said Buttigieg, 39, reminds him of his late son, Beau, and praised his former rival as "a new voice with new ideas." Buttigieg will be responsible for implementing Biden's sweeping $2 trillion climate and...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, the first openly gay person to take a Cabinet post, tasked with advancing President Joe Biden's ambitious agenda of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and fighting climate change.Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Biden's one-time rival during the Democratic presidential primaries, was approved on a 86-13 vote.Praised by Biden as bringing a "new voice" to the administration, Buttigieg takes over a Transportation Department with 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions of dollars. He has pledged to quickly get to work promoting safety and restoring consumer trust in America's transportation networks as airlines, buses, city subway systems and Amtrak reel from plummeting ridership in the coronavirus pandemic.SEE ALSO: President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, top-level appointeesEMBED More News Videos President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks, top-level appointees (1 of 11) President-elect Joe Biden on...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate is poised to approve Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, the first openly gay person ever confirmed to a Cabinet post, tasked with advancing President Joe Biden's wide-ranging agenda of rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and fighting climate change.Buttigieg's nomination was set for a final vote Tuesday in the full Senate, after the 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Biden's one-time rival in the Democratic presidential primaries received bipartisan praise at his confirmation hearing last week."Mr. Buttigieg is an impressive public servant who has already earned the respect and confidence of both sides," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in floor remarks on Monday. "I look forward to confirming his nomination."Praised by Biden as bringing a "new voice" to the administration, Buttigieg would take over a Transportation Department with 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions of dollars. He has pledged to...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirms former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation nomination hearings to examine his expected nomination to be Secretary of Transportation in Washington.Ken Cedeno | Reuters The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Pete Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, handing the former presidential candidate a wide array of challenges — from President Joe Biden's environmental priorities to the Covid-19 pandemic. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, last week easily won approval from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, following a largely friendly hearing. He was quizzed on issues related to Covid-19, much-needed infrastructure improvement and strengthening the powers of the Federal Aviation Administration if he took the reins of the 55,000-person DOT. In its first two weeks, the Biden administration has already taken a hard line on transportation measures that aim to curb the spread of Covid-19. Biden extended an entry ban on most non-U.S. citizens who have...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDeVos urges Education Dept. staff to 'resist' when Biden takes office LGBTQ groups celebrate Buttigieg pick for Transportation secretary Biden administration needs bipartisan solutions for older Americans, lawmakers say MORE formally introduced Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ groups celebrate Buttigieg pick for Transportation secretary Biden taps Buttigieg to serve as Transportation secretary Buttigieg tops list for Biden Transportation secretary: CNN MORE as his nominee for Transportation secretary from Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday.  "I got to know Pete on the campaign trail," Biden said, referring to the 2020 Democratic primary, in which both the president-elect and Buttigieg were rivals for the White House. "One of the smartest people you will ever meet. And one of the most humble. Mayor from the heartland, a management expert, and a policy wonk with a big heart."  Biden praised Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., for his leadership style and new ideas.  "He’s...
    President-elect Joe Biden played up Pete Buttigieg's barrier-breaking role, as he officially named the openly gay, 38-year-old ex-mayor to lead his Department of Transportation Wednesday in Wilmington.  Biden pointed out he had made 'eight precedent-busting appointments' so far.  'And today a ninth,' the president-elect said. 'The first ever openly gay nominee to lead a cabinet department. And one of the youngest cabinet members ever.'  President-elect Joe Biden (left) unveiled Pete Buttigieg (right) as his pick for secretary of Transportation at an event Wednesday in Wilmington, Delaware, where he played up that he's picked a cabinet of 'firsts'  Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ran for the White House earlier this year, will make history if he's confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the country's first openly gay cabinet member  Vice-President elect Kamala Harris (right) joined the Wilmington, Delaware event introducing Pete Buttigieg (left) as the administration's...
    President-elect Joe Biden introduced Pete Buttigieg, his pick for transportation secretary, touting him as a fresh face and a future leader in remarks likely to fuel 2024 speculation about the failed 2020 Democratic primary candidate. Buttigieg, 38, the two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and once a Democratic White House hopeful, was one of Biden's fiercest opponents during the primary. If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay secretary approved by the Senate. During an unveiling event on Wednesday, Biden described his team as "a Cabinet of barrier breakers, a Cabinet of firsts," referring to its gender and racial diversity. Biden specifically mentioned the vice president-elect, Kamala Harris. "The Biden-Harris Cabinet will be a historic Cabinet, a Cabinet that looks like America, a Cabinet that taps into the best of America, a Cabinet that is opening doors and breaking down barriers and accessing the full range of talent...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce former presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday as his nominee for transportation secretary, adding a youthful voice to an incoming administration so far dominated by people with decades of Washington experience.The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would also be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.In a tweet on Tuesday, Biden described Buttigieg, who has served as a Navy reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan, as "a leader, patriot, and problem-solver."The nomination was applauded by union leaders, transportation industry officials, LGBTQ activists and Democratic lawmakers as a solid pick by Biden.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a few things left to do before he takes office. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called Buttigieg "more than...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce former presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday as his nominee for transportation secretary, adding a youthful voice to an incoming administration so far dominated by people with decades of Washington experience.The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would also be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.In a tweet on Tuesday, Biden described Buttigieg, who has served as a Navy reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan, as "a leader, patriot, and problem-solver."The nomination was applauded by union leaders, transportation industry officials, LGBTQ activists and Democratic lawmakers as a solid pick by Biden.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a few things left to do before he takes office. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called Buttigieg "more than...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce former presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday as his nominee for transportation secretary, adding a youthful voice to an incoming administration so far dominated by people with decades of Washington experience.The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would also be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.In a tweet on Tuesday, Biden described Buttigieg, who has served as a Navy reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan, as "a leader, patriot, and problem-solver."The nomination was applauded by union leaders, transportation industry officials, LGBTQ activists and Democratic lawmakers as a solid pick by Biden.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a few things left to do before he takes office. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called Buttigieg "more than...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to introduce former presidential rival Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday as his nominee for transportation secretary, adding a youthful voice to an incoming administration so far dominated by people with decades of Washington experience.The 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would also be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.In a tweet on Tuesday, Biden described Buttigieg, who has served as a Navy reserve intelligence officer in Afghanistan, as "a leader, patriot, and problem-solver."The nomination was applauded by union leaders, transportation industry officials, LGBTQ activists and Democratic lawmakers as a solid pick by Biden.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos While Joe Biden is considered president-elect, there are still quite a few things left to do before he takes office. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, called Buttigieg "more than...
    (CNN)President-elect Joe Biden will introduce former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as his nominee for transportation secretary at an event in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday. If confirmed by the US Senate, Buttigieg would be the first LGBTQ Cabinet secretary approved by the chamber. Buttigieg's selection also represents the first time the President-elect has tapped one of his former Democratic presidential opponents to join his administration as a Cabinet secretary. The role of transportation secretary is expected to play a central part in Biden's push for a bipartisan infrastructure package. Buttigieg spearheaded a number of infrastructure projects as mayor, and as a presidential candidate, Buttigieg proposed a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. The former mayor is seen as a rising star in the Democratic primary and rose to national prominence during the 2020 Democratic primary. Once an unknown mayor of a small city, Buttigieg became a top presidential contender and made history...
    President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that he is nominating his former rival Pete Buttigieg as secretary of transportation. He also intends to choose former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as his energy secretary, according to four people familiar with the plans. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post. At 38, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, would also add a youthful dynamic to an incoming administration that is so far dominated in large part by leaders with decades of Washington experience. The announcement, however, means the chances for Mayor Eric Garcetti to be part of Biden’s cabinet may have well have slimmed. Secretary of transportation was a position for which the Los Angeles mayor was widely speculated to be a contender. Media outlets had reported that if Garcetti was to be offered a cabinet position, he mostly likely would have been...
    President-elect Joe Biden tapped Pete Buttigieg to serve as transportation secretary, but as leader of South Bend, Ind. the former mayor had a pothole problem.  The 38-year-old served as mayor from 2012 to 2020, as he forayed into national politics in the Democratic primary.  But in 2019, the South Bend Tribune reported that many residents felt the city had the ”worst pothole situation in the state."  The Tribune reported one year earlier that potholes at the time were the worst area repair shops had seen in “over 10 years." Lines of vehicles reportedly awaited repair for pothole damages every day.  BLM DOESN'T WANT BIDEN TO CONSIDER LA MAYOR TO JOIN ADMINISTRATION “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Rich Ferrara Jr., service manager at Rick’s Auten Road 66 in South Bend. Another local auto repair shop owner said that damage typically came out to between $500 and $1,000. Though the state...
    Loading the player... According to CNN, President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pete Buttigieg to be the transportation secretary and the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ+ Cabinet Secretary should his nomination be successful. Buttigieg, who ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination against Biden in 2020, quickly rose in popularity at the beginning of this year. Some critics said that at 38-years-old, the former mayor was too young with too little experience for the presidency as he has never held federal office, according to Reuters. But this position, according to CNN, could give him that needed experience.  Read More: Lil Nas X explains why he declined to endorse Pete Buttigieg for president Although there are reports that Buttigieg was considered more many roles, his background in urban affairs could have contributed to his being chosen for this position. This role is an important one in Biden’s new infrastructure package as the transportation...
    Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg During his campaign, former mayor Pete Buttigieg had some big plans for the nation’s infrastructure. That included a $1 trillion plan to “revitalize the nation’s transport networks” through a partnership with state and local governments. Now it seems that Buttigieg might be in a position to turn some of those plans into reality, as sources have indicated that the South Bend native is President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be Secretary of Transportation.  There had been rumors that Buttigieg had received offers of other roles, but turned them down. However, heading up the Department of Transportation seems like a good slot for Buttigieg, who has proven himself as an effective surrogate for Biden and a powerful communicator both before and after the election. Under Elaine Chao, the Department of Transportation has achieved … it’s hard to pin down anything. The department’s plans for the last two years...
    Democratic U.S. 2020 election presidential candidates Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden pose during the second night of the first Democratic presidential candidates debate in Miami, Florida, June 27, 2019.Carlo Allegri | Reuters President-elect Joe Biden has chosen former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to be his Transportation secretary, three people familiar with the discussions told NBC News. Buttigieg, who was an opponent of Biden's during the 2020 primary elections, is expected to play a central role in the incoming president's plans to restore and repair roads and bridges throughout the U.S. The president-elect has for months said smart, climate-friendly infrastructure projects can help the U.S. emerge from the coronavirus recession stronger and help support thousands of jobs. A spokesman for the Biden transition team did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Buttigieg, 38, quickly became a household name during the 2020 elections as a...
    WASHINGTON -- President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the Transportation Department, according to three people familiar with the plans.Buttigieg, one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, was a breakout star of the primaries, sharing victory in the nation's first caucus with Bernie Sanders. He suspended his campaign before Super Tuesday and endorsed Biden.Biden has compared the 38-year-old Buttigieg to his late son, Beau."To me it's the highest compliment I can give any man or woman. And, like Beau, he has a backbone like a ramrod," Biden said during the March event, as Buttigieg stood behind him, bowing his head. "I promise you, over your lifetime, you're going to end up seeing a hell of a lot more of Pete than you are of me."SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenHogan on Republicans who won't accept election result: 'They are out of runway' Biden rips Trump's refusal to concede after Electoral College vote Senate GOP warns Biden against picking Sally Yates as attorney general MORE has tapped former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg tops list for Biden Transportation secretary: CNN Iowa caucus mishap fueled by DNC interference, state missteps: autopsy report Wall Street Journal draws backlash over op-ed urging Jill Biden to drop 'doctor' title MORE to serve as Transportation secretary, according to multiple reports.  If confirmed, Buttigieg would be the first openly gay Cabinet secretary. Buttigieg ran against  Biden in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary before Buttigieg dropped out and quickly endorsed Biden.  This is a developing story.  Tags Pete Buttigieg Joe Biden
    (CNN)Pete Buttigieg is emerging as a leading contender to be Joe Biden's Transportation secretary, multiple sources familiar with the transition's deliberations tell CNN.The possible nomination would vault the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate into the federal government, getting the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor what many Democrats see as needed experience should he want to run for president again.Discussions about the transportation job are fluid and ongoing. Multiple Democrats have also been considered for the post, including former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. Buttigieg has also been linked to a host of jobs in the Biden administration, including United Nations ambassador, secretary of Veterans Affairs and Commerce secretary. Heres who Joe Biden has selected for his CabinetBiden ultimately tapped longtime diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations. And last week, he chose Denis McDonough to lead...
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