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Pete Buttigieg joins Joe Biden’s transition team for the White House

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Former Vice President Joe Biden just expanded his transition team, adding top Democrats to leadership and advisory roles.

The Biden named a 15-person advisory board, which will include out former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Buttigieg – the mayor of South Bend, Indiana who mounted a presidential bid in the Democratic primary and became the first out LGBTQ person to win convention delegates with his strong showing in Iowa – endorsed Biden after he dropped out of the primary in early March.

CNN reports that the advisory board also includes former Obama administration officials – like former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates – and vice presidential contenders – like former National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

The advisory board will help Biden with government appointments, if he wins the general election against Donald Trump in November.

This weekend, Biden also added four co-chairs to the transition team, including New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

“There’s no precedent for the challenges,” said David Marchick of the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. Marchick has worked with both Republican and Democratic presidential transition teams. “It’s 1918, 1932 and 1968 combined, and that’s why having a serious effort to prepare in case they win is exactly the right approach.”

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