President-elect Joe Biden has tapped former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg to serve as Transportation secretary, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN, elevating the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to a top post in the federal government.
Buttigieg would be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary should his nomination make it through the chamber.
Buttigieg emerged as the leading candidate for the transportation secretary role in recent days.
The former mayor was considered for a host of other posts, including US ambassador to the United Nations, secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Commerce secretary.
“The 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,” CNN reports.
After ending his presidential campaign earlier in the year, Buttigieg endorsed Biden and spent much of the general election headlining fundraisers and events for the former vice president.
Biden praised Buttigieg at a March event in Dallas, comparing him to his late son Beau Biden.
“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,” Joe Biden said at the time.
Buttigieg would also becomes the first LGBTQ candidate nominated to Biden’s administration.