Washington, DC – Today, Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) released the following statement on the historic confirmation of Pete Buttigieg to serve as the Secretary of Transportation, making Buttigieg the first open member of the LGBTQ community to be confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post in the history of the United States. Previously, Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 to 2020 and was a candidate for president in the 2020 Democratic Primaries.
“Secretary Buttigieg’s bipartisan confirmation to be Secretary of Transportation is historic and represents a giant leap forward for the LGBTQ
community.” said Equality PAC Co-Chairs Chairman Mark Takano and Congressman David Cicilline. “With this confirmation, President Biden will have a competent and qualified secretary by his side who is dedicated to the fight for equality for all. At a time when our nation urgently needs substantial investments in our infrastructure and public transportation systems, we could not think of a better person to be leading this critically important department. We look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to help America build back better.”
Equality PAC is the political arm of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus and is dedicated to the full legal and societal equality for LGBTQ Americans. All funds raised into Equality PAC are spent supporting and electing openly LGBTQ individuals and strong LGBTQ allies to the United States Congress who are committed to passing the Equality Act and to ensuring full civil rights and protections for all LGBTQ Americans.
Date: February 2, 2021
Contact: Jeff Larivee, (202) 821-5203