The New Paper

February 3, 2021

Senate confirms Mayorkas, Buttigieg

The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security and Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation yesterday. 

  • Mayorkas previously served as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security under the Obama administration and is the first Latino to lead the DHS. He was confirmed by a 56-43 vote, marking the narrowest margin of the six cabinet members that have been confirmed thus far.
  • Buttigieg previously served as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and ran as a Democratic presidential candidate in the 2020 primaries. He is the first openly gay Cabinet member to be confirmed by the Senate and is expected to play a central role in the Biden administration’s infrastructure efforts. He was confirmed by a margin of 86-13.

Extra: Here’s a full list of nominees and confirmations.

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