In early March, Pete Buttigieg ended his history-making presidential campaign after coming in fourth in the South Carolina primary. Now the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., has been named to Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s White House transition team.
Buttigieg was named to a 15-person advisory board that includes former attorney general Sally Yates and former national security advisor Susan Rice, both of whom worked under President Barack Obama. Also joining the board is a former U.S. surgeon general under Obama, Vivek Murthy, who has advised Biden amid the pandemic, according to CNN.
Biden also named four new cochairs to the team, including former Obama economic advisor Jeffrey Zients, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Cedric Richmond from Louisiana, and his campaign advisor Anita Dunn, according to Reuters.
“We are preparing for this transition amid the backdrop of a global health crisis and struggling economy,” team leader Ted Kaufman said. “This is a transition like no other, and the team being assembled will help Joe Biden meet the urgent challenges facing our country on day one.”
A military veteran, Buttigieg went farther in the presidential race than any previous openly gay candidate. The day after he dropped out of the race, he endorsed Biden.
At the time, Buttigieg said he aimed to defeat Donald Trump and “to win the era for the values that we share.”
“I’m looking for a president who will draw out the best in each of us. … We have found that leader in vice president, soon to be president, Joe Biden,” Buttigieg said.