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Why Is Pete Buttigieg The Only Former Democratic Presidential Candidate In Biden’s Cabinet?

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Former Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was announced as President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to be transportation secretary this week, making him the only Democratic primary rival of Biden to join his administration so far — aside from Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. 

Buttigieg had been floated as a possible choice for Biden’s ambassador to China, which would’ve been a high-profile foreign policy role for the former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, according to Axios. While Buttigieg has no formal foreign policy experience as a politician, he was deployed to Afghanistan for seven months as a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve and has been a fellow for the Truman National Security Project.