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The Wall Street Journal: Biden taps Pete Buttigieg to lead Transportation Department

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The former South Bend, Ind., mayor endorsed Biden after dropping his bid for the Democratic nomination in March

Pete Buttigieg President-elect Joe Biden exchange words during a break in the second Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign in June 2019.


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WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, his former Democratic primary rival, to lead the Transportation Department, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Mr. Buttigieg dropped out of the race in March and endorsed Mr. Biden along with other moderate Democrats. Leading the Transportation Department, he is expected to play a prominent role in the incoming Biden administration’s push to rebuild the nation’s roads and bridges.

Mr. Buttigieg, a 38-year-old openly gay military veteran who served in Afghanistan, emerged as a surprising next-generation contender for the Democratic presidential nomination against Mr. Biden and notched a narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses. But that win was overshadowed by technical glitches and reporting delays in the caucuses and he faded in the contests that followed.

Mr. Buttigieg served as a two-term mayor of South Bend from 2012 to 2020, making urban development and economic revitalization cornerstones of his administration. He officially launched his presidential campaign at a former Studebaker plant in his hometown that was transformed into a technology park during his tenure.

An expanded version of this story appears on WSJ.com

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