Pete Buttigieg Pays Heartfelt Tribute To Husband Chasten At Historic Confirmation Hearing

President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of transportation, Pete Buttigieg, pledged to senators on Thursday to help carry out the administration’s ambitious agenda to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure.

Speaking at his confirmation hearing with his husband sitting nearby, Buttigieg pointed to a “generational opportunity” to create new jobs, fight economic inequality and stem climate change.

In prepared remarks delivered to the Senate Commerce Committee, the nominee made sure to thank the most important person in his life: his husband Chasten.

Saying words no cabinet nominee has ever said before in their opening statement, Buttigieg said: “I wanna thank President Biden for trusting me with this nomination, and I’d like to take a moment to introduce my husband, Chasten Buttigieg, who is here with me today.”

The 39-year-old briefly turned back behind him to look at Chasten who nodded in support: “I am proud to have him by my side, and I want to thank him for his many sacrifices and his support in making it possible for me to pursue public service.”

If confirmed, Buttigieg will be the first out LGBTQ+ Cabinet nominee to be confirmed by the Senate in the history of the country.

Previously, Ambassador Richard Grenell served briefly as the acting director of national intelligence in the Trump administration but was never confirmed by the Senate.

This morning, when he was sworn in, Buttigieg became the first out gay person to have a Senate confirmation hearing for a Cabinet-level position.

Buttigieg also pledged to have more conversations with Congress on programs that will require significant investments in the months to come.

“We need to build our economy back, better than ever, and the Department of Transportation can play a central role in this,” he told the committee.

He pointed to opportunities in updating auto emissions regulations that President Donald Trump had loosened and building out a network of charging stations for electric vehicles.