Facts about Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg is 38 years old
Best known as: The mayor of South Bend, Indiana who ran for president


Pete Buttigieg Biography

Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of South Bend, Indiana whose unusual pedigree — Navy reservist, Rhodes scholar, married gay man, small-city mayor — made him a much-discussed candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.

He dropped out of the race at the end of February, 2020.

Pete Buttigieg was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana; both his parents were professors at Notre Dame University there. He graduated from Harvard in 2005 with majors in history and literature. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and went on to Pembroke College at Oxford University, receiving a first-class Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007.

He worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company from 2007-10. In 2009, Buttigieg joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, being commissioned as a naval intelligence officer and serving until 2017. He served seven months as an intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2014.

Pete Buttigieg was just 29 when he was elected mayor of South Bend, Indiana in 2011; he was re-elected in 2015 with 80% of the vote.  As mayor he has been known for his focus on revitalizing the city and its economic base with an eye to the future. His Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative set out, successfully, to demolish 1,000 abandoned or blighted properties in the city in 1,000 days.

On April 14, 2019, Buttigieg officially launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. The same year he published a memoir, Shortest Way Home, in 2019.


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