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Pete Buttigieg
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19th United States Secretary of Transportation
Assumed office
February 2, 2021
President Joe Biden
Deputy Polly Trottenberg (nominee)
Preceded by Elaine Chao
32nd Mayor of South Bend
In office
January 1, 2012 – January 1, 2020
Preceded by Steve Luecke
Succeeded by James Mueller
Personal details
Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg

January 19, 1982 (1982-01-19) (age 39)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Chasten Glezman (m. 2018)
  • Joseph Buttigieg
  • Jennifer Anne Montgomery
Education Harvard University (AB)
Pembroke College, Oxford (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Navy
Service years 2009–2017
Rank US Navy O3 infobox.svg Lieutenant
Unit United States Navy Reserve
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Joint Service Commendation Medal

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg ( 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. 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, but he 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.

2017 DNC Leadership election

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

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. If elected, Buttigieg would have been the first openly gay U.S. President.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Personal life

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

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