U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has invited Democrat Pete Buttigich to take over as Secretary of Transportation in the government.
Buttigich is 38 years old. He is a former U.S. naval intelligence officer, an ex-mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and openly gay. He also wanted to be nominated for Secretary of Commerce and U.S. ambassador to one of the countries, according to CNN.
The Democrat was Biden’s rival in the 2020 presidential election, but left the race in March. As mayor, Buttigic distinguished himself with his infrastructure projects and criticized the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump for insufficient development of this industry.
The Democratic nominee must now be confirmed by the Senate. In addition to Buttigic, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are running for office.
Biden received the electoral college votes needed to win the presidential race. He received 55 electoral votes in the state of California, thus garnering 302 votes. He needed 270 electoral college votes to win the presidential race. The Democrat called the electoral college’s decision a clear victory for him over then current head of state Donald Trump.