NLC Applauds President-elect Biden’s Nomination of Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to Lead U.S. Department of Transportation

December 15, 2020 - (2 min read)

Washington, D.C. – Today, National League of Cities (NLC) Executive Director and CEO Clarence E. Anthony issued the following statement following President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Pete Buttigieg, the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation:

“We commend President-elect Biden’s nomination of Mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the Department of Transportation. Mayor Buttigieg’s experience leading the City of South Bend gives him critical first-hand knowledge of the infrastructure needs and contributions of cities, as well as how to forge meaningful and productive partnerships with local leaders to advance the nation’s infrastructure priorities.

“Mayor Buttigieg’s nomination comes at a critical juncture. Our nation’s transportation infrastructure is in dire need of repair, improvement and modernization to meet the demands of the 21st century. Meanwhile, federal partnership on infrastructure has faltered in recent years, allowing America to fall further and further behind.

“Addressing the nation’s transportation and infrastructure challenges will require renewed collaboration between the federal government and local leaders, which Mayor Buttigieg understands. We look forward to working with Mayor Buttigieg and his team to rebuild our nation’s transportation networks, better connect our regions and support technological innovations to the benefit of all Americans.”

NLC’s Leading Together 2020 Cities Agenda is a nonpartisan picture of the critical issues facing America’s residents and local elected leaders. More information about the 2020 Cities Agenda and NLC’s policy priorities for the first 100 days of the new administration is available here.


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