Biden picks ex-rival Buttigieg as transport secretary: US media

US President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Pete Buttigieg, a former campaign rival, to be transportation secretary, US media reports, a move that would make him the first openly gay member of a presidential cabinet.

Buttigieg, just 38, is a former Indiana mayor who put his civic duties on hold to serve as a US Navy intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

He enjoyed a fast political rise as he sought the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out and quickly supported Biden.

Democratic former mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg walks to speaks with members of the media, March 1, 2020, in Plains, Georgia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)