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Pete Buttigieg makes history as first openly gay Cabinet secretary

On Tuesday the Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, making history as the first openly gay U.S. Cabinet secretary. The full Senate voted 86-13 to approve President Joe Biden’s former rival during the 2020 Democratic primary.

Buttigieg wrote on Twitter, “I’m honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate — and ready to get to work.” The 39-year-old Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend, Ind., and served in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve before launching his 2020 presidential campaign. Prior to becoming mayor, he was a consultant for the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company where he worked on energy, retail, economic development and logistics for three years. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University, which he attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Buttigieg, who is married to high school teacher Chasten Buttigieg, came out as gay in a 2015 while serving as mayor, and won re-election later that year.

Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay Cabinet member to be confirmed by Senate

Via www.nbcnews.com

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