Pete Buttigieg, a failed Democratic primary contender for the 2020 presidential election, was confirmed as secretary of transportation on February 4. He is the first cabinet member to be publicly gay.
Pete Buttigieg was born on January 19, 1982, in South Bend, Indiana. He is Joseph and Jennifer Anne Buttigieg‘s only child.
Before immigrating to the United States to become a professor of literature at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, his father was a Maltese Jesuit priest. His father spent 29 years as a professor at Notre Dame.
Indiana has been home to his mother’s family for generations. Buttigieg attended St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana, where he graduated as class valedictorian in 2000.
During his senior year, he received first place in the Profiles in Courage essay contest hosted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. His essay was about Vermont’s then-U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders’s ethics and political daring.
He was one of the only two independent congressmen. To accept the prize, Buttigieg traveled to Boston and visited members of the Kennedy family, including Caroline Kennedy.
Buttigieg majored in history and literature at Harvard University. He was the president of the Harvard Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee. He contributed to the institute’s yearly survey of young political sentiments.
The topic of his undergraduate thesis, The Quiet American’s Errand into the Wilderness, was the influence of puritanism on U.S. foreign policy as represented in Graham Greene’s novel The Quiet American.
In 2004, Buttigieg graduated from Harvard with a Phi Beta Kappa degree and was given a Rhodes Scholarship.
During college, Buttigieg was an investigative intern at WMAQ, the Chicago affiliate of NBC News.
Between 2002 and 2006, he interned for several Democratic campaigns, including Jill Long Thompson’s unsuccessful 2002 congressional effort, John Kerry’s unsuccessful 2004 presidential campaign, and Joe Donnelly’s successful 2006 congressional campaign.
In 2007, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, politics, and economics with honors from Pembroke College, Oxford.
He was the editor of the Oxford International Review and a co-founder and member of the Democratic Renaissance Project, an Oxford student debate and discussion club.
From 2004 to 2005, Buttigieg served as the conference director for The Cohen Group. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the Chicago office of McKinsey & Company as a consultant. Three years were spent on energy, retail, economic development, and logistics.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Best Buy, and many government agencies like the EPA, Energy Department, Defense Department, and Postal Service were among his clients at McKinsey.
Buttigieg took a leave of absence from McKinsey to serve as the research director for the unsuccessful campaign of Jill Long Thompson for governor of Indiana. In 2010, he quit McKinsey to devote his entire attention to his campaign for Indiana State Treasurer.
Since 2005, Buttigieg has also served as a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, where his expertise lies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2014, he was appointed to the organization’s Board of Advisors.
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Buttigieg joined the U.S. Navy Reserve via the direct commission officer program in September 2009. He was sworn in as a navy intelligence ensign. In 2014, he left his position as mayor of South Bend for seven months to serve in Afghanistan.
His squad was tasked with identifying and disrupting terrorist financial networks. He also served as his commander’s armed driver on more than a hundred journeys from Bagram Air Base to Kabul.
During his service in Afghanistan, he learned some Dari, a Persian dialect spoken by residents in the region. The Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Joint Meritorious Unit Award were presented to Buttigieg. In 2017, he was released with honor from the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Pete Buttigieg Net Worth
Pete Buttigieg is a politician with a net worth of $250,000 in the United States. He is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president.
In 2010, Buttigieg ran unsuccessfully for Indiana State Treasurer. In January 2012, Buttigieg became the 32nd mayor of South Bend.
In January 2012, at the age of 29, he became the second-youngest mayor in the history of South Bend and the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 citizens. In November 2015, he received more than 80 percent of the vote and was re-elected, mayor.
Buttigieg declared in December 2018 that he would not seek a third term as mayor of South Bend.
Buttigieg is a candidate for the 2020 presidential candidacy of the Democratic Party. He would be the first openly LGBT president of the United States if nominated.
He favors universal healthcare, universal background checks for the purchase of firearms, labor unions, federal legislation against discrimination against LGBT individuals, environmental protection by combating climate change, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Pete Buttigieg revealed his sexual orientation in a June 2015 South Bend Tribune article. He was the first openly gay elected person in Indiana, the first to come out while in office, and the highest-ranking public figure in Indiana to come out.
Buttigieg is the first homosexual Democratic contender for president. On June 16, 2018, Buttigieg married junior high school teacher Chasten Glezman. After meeting on the dating app Hinge in August 2015, they had been dating since then.
The couple became engaged in December 2017. They were married in a private ceremony at St. James Cathedral in South Bend. Chasten adopted the name of his husband.
In addition to his native English, Buttigieg also has a working grasp of Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, French, Maltese, Arabic, Dari, and Persian.