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Pete Buttigieg thanks husband Chasten at historic Senate confirmation hearing

"I’m really proud to have him by my side"

2021-01-22

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: wiki

Pete Buttigieg gave thanks to Chasten Buttigieg, his husband of two years, at his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington DC yesterday.

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The former Mayor of South Bend was nominated by new US President Joe Biden for the role of United States Secretary of Transportation in December.

 "I want to thank him for his many sacrifices"

In a speech to the Senate Commerce Committee, Buttigieg said: "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."

 
 
 
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A confirmation hearing is a Senate meeting held to gather information about candidates for federal office, nominated by the President.

Sharing his testimony on Instagram, 39-year-old Pete said in a caption: "We have a real chance to deliver for the American people—to build our economy back, better than ever, and the @usdot can play a central role in this."

The former Democrat Presidential candidate - recently named Attitude's Man of the Year - married Chasten [below, left] in 2018.

 
 
 
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Responding to news of his nomination last month, Pete said on Twitter: "This is a moment of tremendous opportunity - to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all.

"I'm honored that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as Secretary of Transportation."

If confirmed, Buttigieg will become the first out gay person to be confirmed to a cabinet post by the Senate.

Richard Grenfell, who is gay, briefly served in 2020 as acting Director of National Intelligence, a US cabinet-level office.

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