Buttigieg tops list for Biden Transportation secretary: CNN

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote Biden turns focus to next priority with infrastructure talks MORE has surfaced as a front-runner to be President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenLawmakers, activists remember civil rights icons to mark 'Bloody Sunday' Fauci predicts high schoolers will receive coronavirus vaccinations this fall Biden nominates female generals whose promotions were reportedly delayed under Trump MORE's Transportation secretary, CNN reports.

Several sources told the news network that the former presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., mayor has a real shot at the position currently held by Elaine ChaoElaine ChaoIs nonpartisan effectiveness still possible? DOJ declined to take up Chao ethics probe Parliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package MORE, although others are still under consideration.

The list of those who have been previously floated includes former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiState, city leaders push transparency to increase trust in COVID-19 vaccine Overnight Health Care: Biden slams Texas, Mississippi for lifting coronavirus restrictions: 'Neanderthal thinking' | Senate panel splits along party lines on Becerra |Over 200K sign up for ACA plans during Biden special enrollment period Overnight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates MORE and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.


Buttigieg this year became the first openly gay major Democratic presidential candidate. If Biden selects him for the role, and if he is confirmed, Buttigieg would make history again as the first LBGTQ+ Cabinet secretary.

Reports about Buttigieg come as groups have been pressing Biden for more diversity in his Cabinet picks, and the Asian American community calls on Biden to nominate California’s Transportation Secretary David Kim to fill the role at the federal level.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus noted that if Biden fails to select an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) for a Cabinet position, it would be the first time since Clinton held the Oval Office that there is not a AAPI in a Cabinet role. That move, they say, would be "unacceptable."

Biden's transition team did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.