Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris this morning in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building – part of the White House complex. Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and Chasten Buttigieg were also present.
In the masked ceremony, Harris led Buttigieg through the oath as he swore to support and defend the Constitution. Harris cheerfully congratulated him afterward and then elbow-bumped Chasten, because of COVID-19 protocols.
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IT'S A HISTORIC MOMENT!!! Pete Buttigieg get sworn in as the Secretary of Transportation by Vice President Harris. pic.twitter.com/7aiG7YIY7a
— gregarious (@mistergeezy) February 3, 2021
Afterward, Pete Buttigieg hugged his husband moments after he became the first out Cabinet Secretary.
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) February 3, 2021
On Twitter, Harris’s office released photos of the ceremony.
— Peter Velz (@PeterVelz46) February 3, 2021
Journalists and photographers in attendance also shared pictures of the historic moment.
— Brittany Shepherd (@brittanys) February 3, 2021
In a short ceremony, @PeteButtigieg is sworn in as Transportation secretary—he’s the 2nd presidential competitor in Biden’s cabinet (winner of Iowa caucuses), and 2nd openly gay member of any president’s cabinet. He was sworn in on a Bible, with husband @Chasten at his side. pic.twitter.com/PsS8wElMkz
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) February 3, 2021
“This is our moment to build back better,” Buttigieg tweeted right after the ceremony.
This is our moment to build back better.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 3, 2021
After running in the Democratic presidential primary last year and becoming the first out candidate to win a state’s primary, Buttigieg went on to become a fierce advocate for the Biden/Harris campaign.
And yesterday, the Senate confirmed him as Secretary of Transportation by a bipartisan vote of 86 to 13.
On Twitter, people appreciated the historic moment.
When I was a closeted teenager in the late 1990s there were no popular openly gay politicians like @PeteButtigieg. Instead, the Gabbards were on TV in Hawai'i saying same-sex marriage is gross and should be illegal. We’ve come a long way.
— Keola (@MrKeola) February 2, 2021
Thinking of our @PeteButtigieg who is getting sworn in as Secretary of Transportation this morning USA time by @VP Kamala Harris! So very, incredibly proud to be cousin of the first LGBTQ Senate-confirmed member to a Cabinet-level position! BOOT-EDGE-EDGE!!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/gqg0aYKvsA
— NicolaJane Buttigieg (@NicolaButtigieg) February 3, 2021
— Kathy Kumagai 🖖@🏡 (@LCMama) February 3, 2021