By Nataly Pak
The two-term mayor could be the nation’s first openly gay presidential nominee.
South Bend Mayor moves toward presidential bid
Pete Buttigieg, more commonly known as “Mayor Pete,” has joined what will likely be a crowded field for the 2020 Democratic nomination. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced his presidential exploratory committee last week — a significant step toward what could make him the nation’s first openly gay presidential nominee of a major party.
Full Name: Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg (pronounced “boot-edge-edge”),
Date of birth: Jan. 19, 1982
Born: South Bend, Indiana
Family: Husband to Chasten Glezman
Education: He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar; B.A. in History and Literature, Harvard University (2004)
What he does now: 32nd mayor of the City of South Bend (2012 to present); board member of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, the Truman National Security Project, and the United States Conference of Mayors
What He used to do: Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve (2009 to 2017); consultant, McKinsey & Company
Key life/career moments:
- Buttigieg was 29 when he was first elected as mayor of South Bend in 2011. That made him the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with a population of at least 100,000 people.
- In 2009 and 2013, Buttigieg was commissioned as a Navy intelligence officer while serving as mayor. He took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan in 2014 for a seven-month deployment and earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work.
What you might not know about him:
- Buttigieg came out publicly in a 2015 essay in the South Bend Tribune, less than two weeks before the national legalization of gay marriage.
- Buttigieg was invited to join the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society when he attended Harvard. Seventeen former presidents, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Adams, were members.
- He was unsuccessful in his run for chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017.
- Buttigieg was named co-recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards in 2015.
- He was also president and valedictorian of his high school class, according to the South Bend Tribune.
- Buttigieg plays piano and guitar, and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, according to his official profile.