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Pete Buttigieg Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.


Birth date: January 19, 1982

Birth place: South Bend, Indiana

Birth name: Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg

Father: Joseph A. Buttigieg, an English professor

Mother: Anne Montgomery, a linguist

Marriage: Chasten Glezman (2018-present)

Education: Harvard College, 2004, B.A., History and Literature; University of Oxford, 2007 (Rhodes Scholar)

Military service: US Navy Reserves, 2009-2017, Lieutenant

Religion: Episcopalian

Other Facts

He is the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet secretary.

Buttigieg can be pronounced “boot-edge-edge,” “buddha-judge,” “boot-a-judge” or “boo-tuh-judge.”

Buttigieg’s father, Joseph, emigrated to the United States from Malta. Buttigieg roughly translates to “lord of the poultry.”

Speaks eight languages: English, Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic, Dari and French.

He learned Norwegian to read the works of novelist Erlend Loe in the original language.

Plays piano and guitar and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.


2007-2010 – Consultant at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.

January 1, 2012-January 1, 2020Mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

February 27, 2013 – Releases the Vacant & Abandoned Properties Task Force Report, which calls for 1,000 abandoned houses to be addressed in 1,000 days. The goal is met in September 2015 with over 1,000 homes being demolished or refurbished.

February-September 2014 – Deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, as an intelligence officer.

June 16, 2015 – Comes out as gay in an essay for the South Bend Tribune.

January 5, 2017 – Announces that he is entering the race for Democratic National Committee chair.

February 25, 2017 – Drops out of the race for DNC chair minutes before the vote.

December 17, 2018 – Announces that he will not seek a third term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

January 23, 2019 – Announces that he is launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid.

February 12, 2019 – His memoir, “Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future,” is published.

April 14, 2019 – Officially announces he is running for president during a rally in South Bend, Indiana.

April 26, 2019 – Buttigieg’s presidential campaign reverses its decision to accept donations from registered lobbyists and says it will refund the contributions it has received so far. Campaign manager, Mike Schmuhl, in an email to supporters, states that the campaign will send back $30,250 it has received from 39 individuals.

June 21, 2019 – Buttigieg skips campaign stops to return to South Bend in the wake of a fatal officer-involved shooting. He says he is “serious about fixing this” during a march protesting the shooting, referring to racial tensions in the city.

December 10, 2019 – Buttigieg releases a list of nine clients from his time working at the McKinsey consulting firm.

February 3, 2020 – The Iowa Democratic caucuses take place, but the process descends into chaos due to poor planning by the state party, a faulty app that was supposed to calculate results and an overwhelmed call center. On February 29, the Iowa Democratic Party certifies the results from the state’s caucuses, with Buttigieg winning the most national delegates, 14 to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders‘ 12 pledged delegates.

February 11, 2020 – Sanders wins narrowly over Buttigieg in the New Hampshire Democratic primary, with both candidates picking up nine pledged delegates.

March 1, 2020 – Following a disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg announces that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

March 2, 2020 – Buttigieg endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for president.

September 5, 2020 – Buttigieg joins a 15-person advisory board for Biden’s presidential transition team. The head of Biden’s team, former Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman said in a statement, “We are preparing for this transition amid the backdrop of a global health crisis and struggling economy. This is a transition like no other, and the team being assembled will help Joe Biden meet the urgent challenges facing our country on day one.”

December 16, 2020 – Biden introduces Buttigieg as his nominee for transportation secretary.

February 2, 2021 – The Senate votes to confirm Buttigieg as transportation secretary by a vote of 86-13.

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