Equality PAC Statement on Historic Confirmation of Pete Buttigieg to be Transportation Secretary

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