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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
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–present) «start: (2018-06-16)»"Marriage: Chasten Glezman to Pete Buttigieg" Location: (linkback:
EducationHarvard University (AB)
Pembroke College, Oxford (BA)
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

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg[1] (pronunciation: /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.

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 election

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 election

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 campaign

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 Transportation

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 life

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. They were married in June 2018.

In August 2021, Buttigieg announced on his personal Twitter account that he and his husband were in the process of adopting children.[20] Buttigieg announced that they had welcomed two newborn fraternal twins (Penelope Rose and Joseph August) on September 4, 2021.[21][22][23]


  1. "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". 
  2. Buttigieg saying his name
  3. "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". 
  4. 4.0 4.1 O'Connell, Oliver (2 February 2021). "Pete Buttigieg becomes first openly gay cabinet member after historic Senate vote" (in en). 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". 
  9. Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "Opinion - The First Gay President?". 
  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" (in en). 
  13. Astor, Maggie; Stevens, Matt (2020-02-01). "How Will the Winner of the Iowa Caucuses Be Chosen? Here’s What You Should Know" (in en-US). 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. 
  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". Associated Press. Chicago Tribune. 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'". 
  19. "'Pete Butigieg's announcement creates a buzz'". 
  20. Wise, Alana (17 August 2021). "Pete Buttigieg And Husband Chasten Announce They Are Now Parents" (in en). 
  21. "Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, husband Chasten share first family photo with 2 babies" (in en). WLS. 4 September 2021. 
  22. Kavi, Aishvarya (September 4, 2021). "Pete and Chasten Buttigieg Welcome 2 Children to Their Family" (in en-US). The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331 . Retrieved September 4, 2021. 
  23. PeteButtigieg (September 4, 2021). "Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing the news that we’re becoming parents. We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family." (Tweet). 

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