Pete Buttigieg

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Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg Official Portrait.jpg
32nd Mayor of South Bend
Assumed office
January 1, 2012
Preceded by Steve Luecke
Personal details
Born Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg
(1982-01-19) January 19, 1982 (age 35)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Education Harvard University (BA)
Pembroke College, Oxford (BA)
Website Government website
Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Lieutenant
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan

Peter Paul Montgomery "Pete" Buttigieg[1] ( /ˈbtɪɛ/; born January 19, 1982) is the current and 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.[2] A member of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg has been serving as mayor since January 1, 2012.

Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Early life and education[edit]

Buttigieg was born in South Bend, Indiana, to parents Joseph A. Buttigieg and Jennifer Ann (née Montgomery). He is of Maltese and Scottish descent.[3]

Buttigieg graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2000, where he was president and valedictorian of his senior class.[4] 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 was also selected as one of two Indiana delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program.

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.[5][6] Buttigieg was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.[7]

Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004, receiving his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude 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.[8] Buttigieg received a first class honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2007 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.[9]

Early career and candidacy for Indiana State Treasurer[edit]

Before graduating from college, Buttigieg worked as an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC news affiliate. 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]

After graduating, 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. He also spent several months working on Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, where he was a policy and research specialist.[11]

After graduating from Oxford, he then worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, a management strategy consulting firm, for three years, from 2007 through 2010.[12][13]

He was the Democratic Party candidate in 2010 for State Treasurer of Indiana. Buttigieg lost to incumbent Richard Mourdock, garnering 37.5% of the vote.[14]

Military service[edit]

Buttigieg was commissioned as a Naval intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves in 2008, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013.[15] After a seven-month deployment, Buttigieg returned to South Bend.[16] He remains a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve.[17]

Mayor of South Bend[edit]

Pictured is the County-City Building in downtown South Bend. The County-City Building houses the Office of the Mayor, as well as many other municipal and public offices.
The County-City Building in downtown South Bend, which houses the Office of the Mayor.

Buttigieg was elected Mayor of South Bend on November 8, 2011 with 74% of the vote[18] and took office on January 1 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents.[18][19]

Mayor Buttigieg was named mayor of the year for 2013 by, tying with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg.[20][21] In 2014, The Washington Post called Buttigieg "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", citing his age, education, and military background.[18] In 2016, The New York Times published an op-ed praising Buttigieg's work as mayor and boldy asking in the headline if he could eventually be elected as "the first gay president."[22]

Buttigieg has made redevelopment a top priority of his administration. One of the signature programs has been the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative, known locally as "1,000 Properties in 1,000 Days", which is a project to repair or demolish targeted properties across the city.[23][24] The city had addressed 991 properties as of August 2015.[23] The goal was completed by the scheduled end date for the program, November 24, 2015.[25]

Buttigieg served for seven months in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves, returning to the United States on September 23, 2014.[26] In his absence, Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, the City Controller for South Bend, served in the role of executive commencing in February 2014. Buttigieg returned to his role as mayor in October 2014.

Buttigieg announced that he would seek a second term on November 18, 2014.[27] The Democratic Party primary was held on May 5, 2015, and Buttigieg won with 78% of the vote.[28] On November 3, 2015, Buttigieg was elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend with over 80% of the vote.[29]

Buttigieg was named a 2014 Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow.[30] He was named a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Fenn Award in 2015.[31]

2017 DNC chair election[edit]

On January 5, 2017, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in its 2017 chairmanship election.[32] He "built a national profile as an emerging dark horse in the race for the chairmanship with the backing of former DNC Chairman Howard Dean."[33] Buttigieg "campaigned on the idea that the aging Democratic Party needed to empower its millennial members."[33] He withdrew from the race on the day of the election, in his nomination speech.[33]

Personal life[edit]

On June 16, 2015, Buttigieg announced in an essay that he is gay.[34] He is the first openly gay executive in Indiana.[35]


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  2. ^ "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". Retrieved January 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Tom McNaught; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (May 2, 2000). "2000 Winning Essay by Peter Buttigieg". 
  4. ^ South Bend Tribune (October 24, 2010). "Indiana State Treasurer Name: Pete Buttigieg". 
  5. ^ Harvard Institute of Politics (January 2012). "Public Service Fast Track Former IOP Student Advisory Committee member Peter Buttigieg ’04 elected mayor of South Bend" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "American Rhodes Scholars-Elect for 2005" (PDF). Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Harvard University Gazette (2007). "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". 
  8. ^ Ken Gewertz; Harvard University Gazette (2007). "Rhodes Scholars announced Six talented students are Oxford-bound". 
  9. ^ University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (March 30, 2012). "TEN YEARS HENCE: Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend". 
  10. ^ Project Vote Smart (January 13, 2014). "Pete Buttigieg's Biography". 
  11. ^ Arthur Foulkes (April 8, 2010). "Candidate for state office brings campaign to city". Terre Haute Tribune-Star. 
  12. ^ "Learn About Pete Buttigieg for South Bend Mayor". January 1, 2012. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Buttigieg Enters South Bend Mayoral Race - Pete Buttigieg". Retrieved December 18, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Indiana General Election November 2, 2010". Indiana Secretary of State. February 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ Erin Blasko (September 13, 2013). "Navy Reserve to deploy Buttigieg to Afghanistan". South Bend Tribune. 
  16. ^ South Bend mayor back from Afghanistan deployment, Navy Times (September 26, 2014).
  17. ^ Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "The First Gay President?". New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c Fuller, Jaime (March 10, 2014). "The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of". Washington Post. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Mayor Pete Buttigieg". City of South Bend. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  20. ^ "GovFresh names Buttigieg mayor of the year". January 24, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  21. ^ "2013 GovFresh Awards". 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
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  26. ^ Bell, Kyle. "Mayor Buttigieg Reports Being Back on US Soil". South Bend Voice. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  27. ^ Bell, Kyle (November 18, 2014). "Mayor Buttigieg Announces Re-Election Bid". South Bend Voice. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  28. ^ Diane Daniels Annie Chang (May 20, 2015). "Pete Buttigieg winner of Democratic primary for South Bend mayor race | Local". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
  29. ^ [1][dead link]
  30. ^ "About the Rodel Fellowship Program". Retrieved June 18, 2015. 
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  32. ^ Jonathan Martin, Indiana Mayor Running for D.N.C. Chairman, New York Times(January 5, 2017).
  33. ^ a b c Alex Seitz-Wald, DNC Race: Democrats Elect New Leader Saturday, NBC News (February 25, 2017).
  34. ^ "'South Bend Mayor: Why coming out matters'". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  35. ^ "'Pete Butigieg's announcement creates a buzz'". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 

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