History Made As Buttigieg Begins Transportation Secretary Confirmation

Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg during his Senate confirmation hearing

In a moment of quiet history making, Pete Buttigieg – the first out gay nominee for a Cabinet secretary position – began his confirmation hearing with the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee by thanking his husband for his support.

“I’d like to take a moment to introduce my husband Chasten Buttigieg, who is here with me today,” said the Transportation Secretary nominee with Chasten sitting nearby. “I’m really proud to have him by my side.”

“I also want to take this chance to thank him for his many sacrifices and his support in making it possible for me to pursue public service.”

Many on social media noted how seeing a gay Cabinet nominee introduce his husband would have meant a lot to them growing up.

By the way – for those wondering, Buttigieg’s committee appearance went VERY well.