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Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Congratulates Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Historic Confirmation

Feb 2, 2021
Press Release


DATE:  February 2, 2021





Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Congratulates

Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Historic Confirmation


Washington, D.C. – The Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus applauds the historic bipartisan confirmation of Pete Buttigieg to the position of Secretary of Transportation. Buttigieg is the first openly gay Senate-confirmed Cabinet official in U.S. history and the Caucus looks forward to working with him on our shared goals. 


“I am proud to congratulate Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his confirmation by the Senate to serve as Secretary of Transportation. As a former mayor, he is incredibly well-qualified to serve in this role and help rebuild our country’s bridges, roads, rail lines, and waterways,” said Equality Caucus Chair David Cicilline (RI-01). “As the first openly LGBTQ+ person to be confirmed for a position in the Cabinet, he will remain a visible role model for young LGBTQ+ people in our country. This is important progress for America and a very proud day for our community.”


“Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg’s historic confirmation as the first openly LGBTQ Senate-confirmed cabinet member serves as an inspiration to LGBTQ people across the nation who will finally be represented in the highest levels of the Executive Branch,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg on everything from modernizing our roads and bridges to tackling the impacts of climate change on our nation’s infrastructure. In the midst of the ongoing economic and health crisis caused by the coronavirus, it will be more important than ever to rebuild and revitalize our infrastructure and bring good-paying jobs into our communities.”


“Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s confirmation today to lead the Department of Transportation is a historic milestone for LGBTQ+ representation at the highest levels of American government. I look forward to working closely with him as the first openly LGBTQ+ member of a Presidential Cabinet on infrastructure and transportation issues to rebuild our nation amongst an economic and healthcare crisis,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan (WI-02). “I am confident that with Secretary Buttigieg at the helm, we can invest in fixing our crumbling infrastructure, modernizing our transportation with a focus on green energy, and creating jobs for Americans nationwide.”


“Congratulations to Mayor Pete Buttigieg on his historic confirmation as the next Secretary of Transportation. This is a momentous day for LGBTQ+ people everywhere as we celebrate broken barriers, progress, and having allies in the White House that stand ready to meet our needs. I have faith that with his leadership at the Department of Transportation, we will address deep-rooted inequities in our communities, protect our environment, and move our country toward the 21st century — these are all issues that matter to LGBTQ+ Americans. I’m excited to get to work with Secretary Buttigieg to deliver lasting change for the people,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Mark Takano (CA-41).


“Congratulations to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg – the first openly gay Cabinet member in our nation’s history to be confirmed by the United States Senate,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Angie Craig (MN-02). As the first openly gay mom in Congress, I am thrilled to see yet another barrier torn down and am excited to work with Pete on pursuing an ambitious infrastructure proposal that will revitalize our communities and create millions of good-paying jobs.”


“Congratulations to Pete Buttigieg on his historic confirmation as Secretary of Transportation. During my time working in the Department of Transportation under then-Secretary Anthony Foxx, I saw the potential that smart and effective investments in infrastructure have to not just grow American manufacturing and create jobs, but to also reach communities that have otherwise been left behind. As a former mayor from the Midwest, Pete Buttigieg brings an important perspective that can help deliver economic opportunity to every person across this country. I look forward to working with him in my role as Vice Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to pass a transformational infrastructure package and Build Back Better,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Sharice Davids (KS-03).


“I am proud to see our nation confirm the appointment of the first openly gay cabinet member, which I know will provide hope to so many Americans that their talents and contributions will not go unnoticed simply because of who they are,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Chris Pappas (NH-01). I look forward to working with Secretary Buttigieg to advance a transformative and bipartisan infrastructure plan that moves our nation and our economy forward.”


“Congratulations to our newest Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg. As the first openly gay person to be confirmed by the Senate to a Presidential Cabinet, Secretary Buttigieg has made history today,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Ritchie Torres (NY-15). “This is yet another broken barrier for the LGBTQ community. I am confident that Secretary Buttigieg will lead the agency with a result-driven mission and in innovative ways in order to meet the challenges facing our country’s infrastructure and transportation systems. I look forward to a strong partnership that will deliver results for the Bronx and our country.”


“It is difficult to overstate what it would have meant to me, as a kid growing up wondering if there was a place for me in a world that can be so cruel and unaccepting, to see an openly gay person confirmed to a Cabinet-level post,” said Equality Caucus Co-Chair Mondaire Jones (NY-17).


Please contact Shawn Gaylord at 202-257-8416 or with press inquiries.


Founded in 2008, the mission of the Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus is to promote equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Caucus, which is led by the nine openly LGBTQ+ members of the House of Representatives, is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. and around the world.