Chances are you can’t. (It’s Elaine Chao, who also happens to be married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.)
Which says something about the profile of the average transportation secretary. It’s low.
While those questions make some sense — no ambitious political kid dreams of growing up to be the transportation secretary, after all — they also sort of miss the point. Or, the point(s).
Here’s the key bit:
“That’s why my economic plan is all about jobs, dignity, respect, and community. Together, we can, and we will, rebuild our economy. And when we do, we’ll not only build it back, we’ll build it back better. With modern roads, bridges, highways, broadband, ports and airports as a new foundation for economic growth. With pipes that transport clean water to every community. With 5 million new manufacturing and technology jobs so the future is made in America.”
That focus — assuming Biden makes good on it — puts Buttigieg on the front lines of an effort to rebuild the crumbling infrastructure of America — something that lots of presidents have talked about but never gotten around to actually doing.
3) The proposed Biden Cabinet doesn’t have a lot of proven TV communicators. Love Buttigieg or hate him, it’s hard to argue with the fact that he’s very good on TV. And any successful administration has to have people who can go on cable and Sunday talk shows to sell its priorities. Which puts Buttigieg in prime position to be one of the best-known public faces of the administration.
Add that all up, and the transportation secretary job makes perfect sense for Buttigieg as he seeks to build out and burnish a resume for a future national bid.