Biden selects Buttigieg as Transportation secretary, according to two sources familiar

The former South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate would be Biden's first LGBTQ Cabinet pick.

President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Pete Buttigieg as his Transportation Secretary, two sources familiar say.

The pick would set the 38-year-old Hoosier Democrat on a path to become the first openly gay Cabinet official in the nation’s history, and making him Biden’s first LGBTQ candidate for an administration position.

The two-term former mayor of South Bend rose to national prominence as a dark horse Democratic presidential candidate earlier this year. 

If confirmed by the Senate, Buttigieg’s nomination would elevate the former mayor of Indiana’s fourth-largest city to the federal government as the nation’s 19th Transportation secretary. The position, established in 1966 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, oversees national transportation policy, along with 11 federal departments, including the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration.