Out former Mayor Pete Buttigieg is reportedly being considered for the position of Secretary of Transportation in the upcoming Biden administration.
Multiple sources told CNN that the former Democratic presidential contender is a top contender for the position currently held by former Heritage Foundation fellow Elaine Chao, whose husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Last week, an unnamed source familiar with Joe Biden’s transition team told TMZ that Buttigieg is being vetted for a significant appointment, and Secretary of Transportation is a major Cabinet position.
According to D.C. gossip, Buttigieg has also been under consideration for Secretary of Commerce or Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to China, and Veterans Affairs. He reportedly wanted to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., but veteran diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield has already been named to that position.
Biden is famously fond of the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, saying this past March: “I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau…. It’s the highest compliment I could give any man or woman.” He was referring to Beau Biden, his son who passed away due to brain cancer in 2015.
And in the month leading up to the election, Buttigieg proved to be one of the Biden/Harris campaign’s best surrogates, going viral repeatedly with his no-nonsense responses to Republican talking points in appearances on Fox News.
Buttigieg was asked just before the election about the possibility of a spot in the Biden administration.
“When I speak to the campaign it’s about one person, two actually: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Buttigieg told CNN. “What they know is they’ll have my full support, whether that involves a return to public service or from the outside.”