Mayor (then Candidate) Pete is now Secretary Pete!

Pete Buttigieg is now U.S. Secretary of Transportation making him the first openly LGBTQ person to ever serve in the country’s cabinet. This is a historic day and a fitting accolade to the next career chapter in the journey of an out and proud public servant. Pete Buttigieg is the new trail blazer for LGBTQ politicians that has taken the mantle of Harvey Milk and honors his legacy in way that Harvey would be proud of.

WASHINGTON – Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as Transportation Secretary Tuesday as the first openly gay Cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the Senate.

Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic presidential candidate, received overwhelming bipartisan support with a 86-13 vote.

Following the vote, Buttigieg said he was “honored and humbled by today’s vote in the Senate—and ready to get to work.”

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the incoming Democratic chair of the panel overseeing Buttigieg’s confirmation, praised him Tuesday as a “young, energetic mayor” who could “help us usher in a new era of transportation.”

USA Today

The confirmation vote in the Senate was encouraging all by itself. The vote was overwhelming bipartisan 86-13. The healing and repair of our democracy is well under way and continues with this vote. Remember, weeping endures for a season but joy comes in the morning. If you would like to check out the hat tip for this blog then you make the jump by clicking the button below.