INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today issued the following statement in celebration of former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and his confirmation to lead the Department of Transportation as its Secretary. Further, Buttigieg is now the first openly LGBTQ American to ever serve a cabinet-level position within a presidential administration.
“It’s no secret Pete Buttigieg loves infrastructure and the ins and outs that come with it. On top of modernizing South Bend’s infrastructure system during his tenure as mayor, the significance of something as simple as an airport has on the Buttigieg family reminds all Hoosiers that our lives depend and rely on our nation having the best infrastructure system possible so that we can live, thrive, and even love while being in transit.
The Indiana Democratic Party is proud of Secretary Buttigieg for all the work he’s accomplished for Hoosiers and the achievements he’ll make while leading the Department of Transportation under the Biden-Harris Administration. Buttigieg is a true example of what it means to have all voices — including LGBTQ Americans — at the table, and he’ll be an inspiration for so many who until this moment may have believed certain dreams were not possible.
Make us proud, Mr. Secretary. And should you ever miss home, we can be sure to ship a care package from the South Bend Chocolate Company to your new office.” – John Zody, Chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party