A Senate panel has advanced the nomination of Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary.
The Senate Commerce Committee advanced President Biden’s pick with a broadly bipartisan 21-3 vote.
If he wins approval, the former South Bend Mayor will be the first openly gay Cabinet member. Only Senators Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn, and Rick Scott voted against him.
Buttigieg had confirmation hearings last week where he was praised by members of both parties. The Senate has already confirmed four of Biden’s Cabinet nominees.
The vote sets up a final confirmation vote in the full senate, which could happen this week.