Peter Buttigieg

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Pete Buttigieg
Buttigieg in 2010
32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
Assumed office
January 1, 2012
Preceded by Steve Luecke
Personal details
Born Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg
(1982-01-19) January 19, 1982 (age 32)
South Bend, Indiana
Nationality United States
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Harvard College (A.B.)
Oxford University
Website Official South Bend Mayoral website
Pete for South Bend
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Lieutenant
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan (2014-present)

Pete Buttigieg (born January 19, 1982) is an American politician who is the current and 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg has been serving as mayor since January 1, 2012.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Buttigieg was born in South Bend, Indiana to parents Joseph A. Buttigieg and Jennifer Ann (née Montgomery).[2] Buttigieg graduated from St. Joseph's High School in 2000, where he was president and valedictorian of his senior class.[3] In his senior year at St. Joseph’s High School, he was honored by Caroline Kennedy and other members of President Kennedy’s family during a May 22, 2000 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library for his prize-winning essay for the JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest. Buttigieg’s winning essay centered on the integrity and political courage demonstrated by U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the nation’s only Independent member of Congress. He attended Harvard College, where he was president of the Harvard Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee and worked on the Institute's annual study of youth attitudes on politics.[4][5] Buttigieg was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[6] Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature and writing his thesis on the influence of Puritanism on U.S. Foreign Policy as reflected in the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American.[7] Buttigieg received a first class honors degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 2007 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.[8]

After graduating from Harvard, Buttigieg was offered a position to work on Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, where he was a policy and research specialist.[9] Buttigieg also worked as an intern for Jill Long Thompson's 2002 congressional campaign, and later served as an adviser to her 2008 Gubernatorial campaign.[10]


In 2003 Buttigieg began working as an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC news affiliate. From 2004 to 2005 Buttigieg worked in Washington D.C. as conference director for former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen's international strategic consulting firm The Cohen Group. In working for political campaigns, Buttigieg's commentary has appeared on NPR, Boston local television and radio, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. Buttigieg is the co-founder of the Democratic Renaissance Project, a fellow of the Truman National Security Project and worked for McKinsey and Company, a management strategy consulting firm, where he specialized in energy and economic development strategy.[11][12] He was the Democratic Party candidate in 2010 for State Treasurer of Indiana, where he lost to incumbent Richard Mourdock.[13]

Mayor of South Bend[edit]

Buttigieg was elected Mayor of South Bend on November 8, 2011 with 74% of the vote[14] and took office on Jan. 1 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents.[15][citation needed] Mayor Buttigieg was named mayor of the year for 2013 by, tying with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg.[16][17]


  1. ^ "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ Tom McNaught; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (May 2, 2000). "2000 Winning Essay by Peter Buttigieg". 
  3. ^ South Bend Tribune (October 24, 2010). "Indiana State Treasurer Name: Pete Buttigieg". 
  4. ^ Harvard Institute of Politics (January 2012). "Public Service Fast Track Former IOP Student Advisory Committee member Peter Buttigieg ’04 elected mayor of South Bend". 
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  6. ^ "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". 2007. 
  7. ^ Ken Gewertz; Harvard University Gazette (2007). "Rhodes Scholars announced Six talented students are Oxford-bound". 
  8. ^ University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (March 30, 2012). "TEN YEARS HENCE: Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend". 
  9. ^ Arthur Foulkes; Terre Haute Tribune-Star (April 8, 2010). "Candidate for state office brings campaign to city". 
  10. ^ Project Vote Smart (January 13, 2014). "Pete Buttigieg's Biography". 
  11. ^ Last Name: Buttigieg. "Peter Buttigieg | Truman National Security Project". Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Learn About Pete Buttigieg for South Bend Mayor". Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
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  17. ^ "2013 GovFresh Awards". 2013. 

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