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|19th United States Secretary of Transportation|
February 2, 2021
|Deputy||Polly Trottenberg (nominee)|
|Preceded by||Elaine Chao|
|32nd Mayor of South Bend|
January 1, 2012 – January 1, 2020
|Preceded by||Steve Luecke|
|Succeeded by||James Mueller|
Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg
January 19, 1982
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
Chasten Glezman (m. 2018)
|Education||Harvard University (AB)
Pembroke College, Oxford (BA)
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|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
Buttigieg was confirmed on February 2, 2021, with a vote of 86-13.
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