The Honorable Peter P.M. (Pete) Buttigieg, was confirmed today as US Transportation Secretary. The former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and 2020 Presidential candidate was confirmed by a vote of 86-13, according to the Associated Press (AP).

As the nation’s 19th US DOT Secretary, he will manage 55,000 employees and a budget of tens of billions of dollars, AP said. He is expected to play an important role in promoting Biden’s sweeping transportation infrastructure initiatives, helping to oversee stronger automotive fuel economy standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support the president’s push later this year on a $2 trillion climate and infrastructure plan. That plan will be focused on rebuilding roads and bridges and expanding zero-emission mass transit while boosting electric vehicle infrastructure, the AP says.

In related news, the US DOT announced additional members of the Transportation team who are joining the Department this week. They include: Priyal Amin, Deputy White House Liaison; Dalia Batuuka, Special Assistant for Advance; and Alexis Gonzaludo, Special Assistant to the Secretary.

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Photo: Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as the nation’s 19th Transportation Secretary. (Credit: Stefani Reynolds for AP)

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