Biden Reportedly Selects Pete Buttigieg to Head Department of Transportation
Washington D.C. – Former Vice President Joe Biden will nominate Pete Buttigieg to serve as Secretary of Transportation.
According to multiple outlets, Mr. Biden has selected the former South Bend, Indiana mayor to head the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) should he take the oath of office in January 2021.
“Mayor Pete,” as he has come to be known, ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 before eventually dropping out in March and endorsing Joe Biden the following day.
The 38-year-old is a graduate of Harvard College and Oxford University and formerly served in the Navy as an intelligence officer before becoming the 32nd mayor of South Bend in 2012.
It was a position he held until January 2020.
Before running for mayor he worked for consulting firm McKinsey from 2007 to 2010 and worked on multiple political campaigns for Democrats.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Buttigieg will become only the second openly gay person to hold a cabinet level position.
Ric Grennell was the first and served as Acting Director of National Intelligence in the Trump Administration.
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Mayor Pete has called Climate Change an “existential threat,” and is a proponent of imposing stronger regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stricter fuel economy standards.
The political left, of which Mayor Pete is a leader, is seeking to reshape both environmental and infrastructure policy they believe disproportionately impacts communities of color.
Trucking stakeholders are intently watching to see if a change in DOT leadership under a potential Biden Administration will attempt to rollback the newly implemented Hours of Service (HOS) rule enacted by the Trump Administration this year.
Other issues will include whether or not a Secretary Buttigieg will impose stricter regulations for commercial drivers who have been diagnosed with health conditions such as sleep apnea which the Trump Administration relaxed in 2016.
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Mayor Pete’s inexperience in managing such a sprawling bureaucracy will also likely be a concern to trucking stakeholders.
The DOT consists of more than 55,000 employees which is roughly half the entire population of South Bend.
Such a learning curve could prove costly especially at a time of pandemic as the trucking industry is tasked with delivering millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the nation.
Transportation Nation Network will have much more on this breaking story in the days ahead.