Does Biden appoint the first gay secretary to run the transportation portfolio?
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday plans to officially announce the selection of his former rival Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary in a government that appears to be the most diverse in U.S. history.
If the Senate approves his choice, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, will be the first minister to explicitly declare his homosexuality.
Buttigieg campaigned hard for Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, a former military man who served in Afghanistan.
Buttigieg ended his campaign and announced his support for Biden in March, and Biden had pledged to form a government that would reflect the country’s diversity.
Besides his elected deputy, Ola Harris, who will be the first Asian-American and the first black woman to hold office, Biden has chosen many women and people of color to hold cabinet positions such as Janet Yellen, who will be the first secretary of the Treasury, Lloyd Austin, who will be the first black defense secretary, and Alejandro Mallorcas, the first immigrant and the first Hispanic to take over the Department of Homeland Security.
The series of new appointments in the Biden administration also revealed a Muslim Palestinian among the staff of his new White House staff.
Palestinian Democrat Rima Dodin will be part of the new White House staff and will serve specifically as deputy director of the Legal Office.
In its English version, The Key Wiki says That Dodin is in regular contact with the Council on American Islamic Relations.
A Palestinian human rights activist organized anti-Israeli marches at the University of California at Berkeley when she was a student. She was also a member of the Muslim Students’ Association.