Pete Buttigieg confirmed as Secretary of Transportation

Will prioritize equity, safety, and economy

Pete Buttigieg has been sworn in as the new Secretary of Transportation.

“Today we face an unprecedented health crisis, we’re navigating an economy in danger and our nation is reckoning with the impacts of systemic racism,” he said a video he shared on twitter, shown below. “But with new leadership comes a new opportunity, a chance to build our transportation system back better than it ever was before.”

Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, Secretary Buttigieg served two terms as mayor of his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. A graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, Buttigieg served for seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, taking a leave of absence from the mayor’s office for a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014.

“We will continue to prioritize safety as the foundation of everything we do,” Buttigieg said in an email message to his new staff. “And at the same time, we will break new ground: in ensuring that our economy recovers and rebuilds, in rising to the climate challenge, and in making sure transportation is an engine for equity in this country.”

As Mayor of South Bend, he launched a “Smart Streets” initiative to improve street design in the downtown and the historically under-resourced West Side. This Complete Streets strategy led to benefits that included small business growth along previously neglected corridors, and hundreds of millions of dollars in new private investment in the once-emptying downtown. He also facilitated innovative public-private partnerships like Commuters Trust, a benefits program designed to improve the city’s transportation experience for workers.

Secretary Buttigieg lives with his husband Chasten and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman. He is the son of Joseph Buttigieg, who immigrated to the United States from Malta, and Jennifer Anne Montgomery, a fifth-generation Hoosier.