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Pete Buttigieg is Confirmed as DOT Secretary

President Joe Biden nominated Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary on December 16.  He appeared before a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to consider his nomination on January 21 and was confirmed today.

Among other aviation-related comments made during his confirmation, Buttigieg pledged to make aviation manufacturing a priority, making sure that a workforce in the United States is retained and maintained.

Aviation companies and industry groups have been posting their congratulations on his confirmation. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said “NBAA congratulates Pete Buttigieg on his new role in leading the DOT, and we thank the Senate for moving quickly to consider his nomination, and confirm him as secretary.  Business aviation is important to the economy, including in small and rural towns, and we look forward to working with the secretary on our shared goals of economic recovery and prosperity, infrastructure and investments for all of aviation, including emerging technologies, access to airports and airspace and sustainability.”