By 86 to 13, the US Senate has ratified the 39-year-old Pete Buttigieg as Minister of Transportation. And so Buttigieg became the first openly gay minister in the United States government.
Buttigieg became known to the general public when he bid for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential elections. After a promising start, he withdrew his candidacy and stood behind the next winner, Joe Biden.
Before taking a shot at the highest political office in the United States, Buttigieg was mayor of the small town of South Bend, Indiana, for eight years.
Thanks to his appointment, Buttigieg became the first openly gay minister and one of the youngest ministers ever.
The Senate has so far approved five members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet. Earlier, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen got the green light, as well as Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. In this position coordinate the various US intelligence agencies.
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