Pete Buttigieg

American politician and statesman, 19th United States Secretary of Transportation

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg[1] ( /ˈbtəˌɛ/;[2] born January 19, 1982) is an American politician. He is the 19th and current United States Secretary of Transportation during the Joe Biden administration. He was the 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana from 2012 through 2020.[3] He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg official photo.jpg
19th United States Secretary of Transportation
Assumed office
February 2, 2021
PresidentJoe Biden
DeputyPolly Trottenberg
Preceded byElaine Chao
32nd Mayor of South Bend
In office
January 1, 2012 – January 1, 2020
Preceded bySteve Luecke
Succeeded byJames Mueller
Personal details
Born
Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg

(1982-01-19) January 19, 1982 (age 39)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Chasten Glezman (m. 2018)
Parents
EducationHarvard University (AB)
Pembroke College, Oxford (BA)
Signature
Website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Service years2009–2017
RankUS Navy O3 infobox.svg Lieutenant
UnitUnited States Navy Reserve
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
AwardsJoint Service Commendation Medal

In 2017, Buttigieg ran for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in its 2017 chairmanship election, but lost the election. In January 2019, Buttigieg announced his plans to run for President of the United States in the 2020 election. He formally launched his campaign on April 14, 2019. Buttigieg narrowly won the Iowa caucus, despite losing the popular vote to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. He soon lost the later primaries in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He ended his campaign on March 1, 2020.

In December 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden chose him to be United States Secretary of Transportation. He was confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2021. He became the first openly gay individual and the first millennial member of the United States Cabinet.[4][5]

2017 DNC Leadership electionEdit

In January 5, 2017, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in its 2017 chairmanship election.[6] He withdrew from the race on the day of the election and lost to Tom Perez.[7]

2020 presidential electionEdit

Buttigieg was mentioned as a possible candidate for President of the United States in the 2020 U.S. presidential election since late 2017.[8] If elected, Buttigieg would have been the first openly gay U.S. President.[9]

On January 23, 2019, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for President.[10] He made a formal announcement on April 14, 2019.[11][12]

At the Iowa caucuses, Buttigieg narrowly won more pledged delegates than any other candidate. Most news organizations use this number to determine the winner.[13] With this win, he became the first openly gay candidate to earn presidential primary delegates from a major American political party.[14] He ended his campaign almost a month later after losing the South Carolina primary by a large number of votes.[15]

After the 2020 campaignEdit

On June 8, 2020 it was announced that the University of Notre Dame had hired Buttigieg as a teacher and researcher for the 2020–21 academic year.[16]

U.S. Secretary of TransportationEdit

On December 15, 2020, then President-elect Joe Biden announced that he would nominate Buttigieg to be Secretary of Transportation.[17]

Buttigieg was confirmed on February 2, 2021, with a vote of 86-13.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 16, 2015, Buttigieg announced in an essay that he is gay.[18] He is the first openly gay executive in Indiana.[19] On December 28, 2017, Buttigieg announced his engagement to Chasten Glezman.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  2. Buttigieg saying his name
  3. "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". In.gov. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 O'Connell, Oliver (2 February 2021). "Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay cabinet member after historic Senate vote". The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  5. Hebb, Gina (2 February 2021). "Senate Confirms Pete Buttigieg As Transportation Secretary, Making Him The First Openly Gay Cabinet Member". Forbes. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  6. Jonathan Martin, Indiana Mayor Running for D.N.C. Chairman, New York Times(January 5, 2017).
  7. Alex Seitz-Wald, DNC Race: Democrats Elect New Leader Saturday, NBC News (February 25, 2017).
  8. CNN, Eric Bradner,. "#2020Vision: Kander and Buttigieg make moves". Retrieved October 16, 2017.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  9. Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "Opinion - The First Gay President?". Retrieved October 16, 2017 – via www.nytimes.com.
  10. Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend Ind., Joins Democratic 2020 Race at The New York Times
  11. Segran, Elizabeth (April 14, 2019). "Pete Buttigieg debuts a radical new approach to campaign branding". Fast Company. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  12. Report, South Bend Tribune. "What you need to know for Pete Buttigieg's big announcement in South Bend". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  13. Astor, Maggie; Stevens, Matt (2020-02-01). "How Will the Winner of the Iowa Caucuses Be Chosen? Here's What You Should Know". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  14. Barbara Rodriguez (5 Feb 2020). "Pete Buttigieg made history in the Iowa caucuses whatever the final results show". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 8 Feb 2020.
  15. Epstein, Reid J. and Gabriel, Trip. "Pete Buttigieg to Quit Democratic Presidential Race." The New York Times, March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2020.
  16. "Former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg to teach, do research at Notre Dame". chicagotribune.com. Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. 28 June 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  17. Merica, Dan (December 15, 2020). "Joe Biden picks Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary". CNN. Retrieved December 15, 2020.
  18. "'South Bend Mayor: Why coming out matters'". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  19. "'Pete Butigieg's announcement creates a buzz'". South Bend Tribune. Retrieved June 19, 2015.

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