Biden picks Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has formally introduced 38 year old Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as his administration’s choice to lead the U.S. Transportation Department.

As transportation secretary, Buttigieg would oversee a sprawling federal agency that regulates the nation’s airlines, transit systems and interstate highways. He would be responsible for implementing Biden’s proposed infrastructure and environmental initiatives, including plans to add 500,000 charging stations nationwide for electric vehicles.

Biden picks Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary

Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are announcing their nominee in an event from Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday.

Biden first announced the 38-year-old as his pick for the role on Tuesday.

“This is a moment of tremendous opportunity—to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all,” Buttigieg said in a statement after being nominated Tuesday. “I’m honored that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as Secretary of Transportation.”