Pete Buttigieg

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Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg was born January 19, 1982 in South Bend, IN.

Buttigieg's father, Joseph Anthony Buttigieg II, was born May 20, 1947 in Il ħamrun, Malta, as one of 8 children to Joseph Anthony Buttigieg (1929-1997) and Maria "Cettina" Concetta Portelli Buttigieg (c1925 – 2014). Prof Buttigieg died due to cancer on January 27, 2019. He immigrated to the U.S in the 1970s, and became a naturalized citizen in 1979. Professor Buttigieg was a scholar of modern European literature, earning both a BA and MA from University of Malta, where he also studied to become a Jesuit. He earned a second BA from Heythrop College in London, and a Phd from State University of New York at Binghamton in 1976. He began his teaching career at New Mexico State University, where he met a fellow staff member, J. Anne Montgomery, whom he married on Jan 6, 1980. Together they moved to South Bend, IN. Prof Buttigieg served as an English professor from 1980 to 2017 at the University of Notre Dame. He also served as Department Chair; Professor Emeritus; Director Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program (2010-2017); Fellow at Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Keogh-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and Director Stamps Scholars Program. He was also the founder and president of the International Gramsci Society,and served on the editorial and advisory boards of several journals.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Buttigieg’s mother, Jennifer Anne Montgomery, was born on February 13, 1945, in Stanislaus, CA to career Army surgeon John Willard Montgomery (1910-1973) and Zoe Anne Neal (1921-2002). The Montgomery family has deep roots in Scott County, located in southern Indiana, dating back at least to the early 19th century. Montgomery's paternal grandmother’s family traces back to ancestors who served in the American Revolution.[6] Anne Montgomery, a linguist, received her BA and MA from University of Texas at Austin, in 1967. She taught at the National Cathedral School, an Episcopal school on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral, before returning to University of Texas to earn her Phd in 1976. That year she began teaching at New Mexico State University, where she met another new staff member, Joseph Buttigieg. They were married on Jan 6, 1980, and soon moved to the University of Notre Dame. Anne Montgomery was an Associate Professor in the English, Fine Arts, and Business departments for 29 years. She also earned an MA in Fine Arts from Notre Dame in 1991. [7] [8] Montgomery works currently as a writer and artist. She also designs history projects for non-profit organizations, focusing on the use of visual materials. [9]


Buttigieg grew up in the North Shore Triangle neighborhood of South Bend, where he still lives with his husband around the block from his childhood home. Buttigieg described himself as a chubby, awkward, and nerdy child who played both piano and guitar and liked Star Trek. “[I]still like Star Trek.” [10] Buttigieg recalls in Shortest Way Home, as an only child, he often accompanied his parents to dinner with their faculty friends, and watched Notre Dame football from age 6 with his father, who faithfully bought season tickets for decades in “Section 21, Row 42”

Buttigieg attended the Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes in nearby Mishawaka, Indiana, through 5th grade. He was a student at the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, from 6th through 8th grade, graduating as valedictorian. While at Stanley Clark, Buttigieg won an essay contest on "The Importance of Law", sponsored by the Indiana Bar Association, and participated successfully in nationwide competitions in English and French, and state music competitions in piano. His teachers noted he was unusually well-rounded, excelling in subjects from math and science as well. [11]

As a child, “he was an observer,” recalls his mother Anne Montgomery. “Each time he went to a new school, he’d sit there and watch who was doing what and why.” [12] Buttigieg praised his mother for her approach to childrearing “All through my upbringing, my mother gave me the best possible mix of love, encouragement, attention and space. At the core of my current effort is the chance to live out the values that I was raised with, and so mom is part of this campaign in even more ways than she knows.” [13] Buttigieg has also reflected on the influence of his late father,"He was a deeply moral person, an intellectual who believed that the importance of ideas was the effect that they had in the real world. One of the best things I can do to honor him is to take ideas and put them into action. So he's very much with this campaign — he's present in every part of it."[14]

In addition to regular visits to El Paso, TX to visit his maternal grandmother, as a child Buttigieg frequently traveled to Malta, where Prof Buttigieg often lectured, as well as to other European universities. His cousin Noel Buttigieg explains that throughout his childhood, young Pete often spent summers in Malta, so he knows the island well. He would stay with his Nanna Ċettina, who could only speak to him in Maltese “and therefore he had no option but to speak Maltese to communicate with her.” As he grew older, he also took an interest in the political scene of the island and closely followed the Maltese election campaign of 2017. [15] [16]

Buttigieg attended St Joseph High School, a private Roman Catholic school, in South Bend. An important friendship was forged in high school when Mike Schmuhl entered St Joseph a year behind Buttigieg. Their fathers were also fellow faculty members and friends at Notre Dame. Schmuhl would eventually serve as Campaign Manager and Treasurer for Buttigieg's 2011 mayoral campaign, as well as his Chief of Staff in South Bend until 2013. In 2017, Buttigieg asked Schmuhl to return to South Bend to run his Hitting Home PAC as Senior Advisor and Treasurer, until it was terminated on May 14, 2019. As Schmuhl recalls, Buttigieg never actually told he was planning to run for President. 'It was unspoken,' Schmuhl says."[17] Schmuhl is now the Campaign Manager for Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign.[18]

While in high school, Buttieig served as president of the high school chapter of Amnesty International, and was elected Senior Class President. Coached by his economics teacher, Julia Chismar, Buttigieg took part in the Federal Reserve team competition, making it to Nationals in Washington DC. “A New York Fed [official] came up to me . . . and said, ‘Who was that?’ and I answered . . . ‘Remember that name,’” said Chismar. Chrismar has remained an active supporter and volunteer in Buttigieg’s mayoral and presidential campaigns.[19]

During his senior year, Buttigieg attended the U.S. Senate Youth Program known as Washington Week, as one of two delegates from Indiana. Buttigieg recalled the week as inspiring, full of extraordinary speakers and military mentors. “I loved every minute of my Washington Week . . but by the end it was the other delegates I found the most interesting. Many are friends to this day, from Chris Moffo, whom I would go on to work with on campaigns, to David Wax, whose musical career has been inspiring and whose band played at my wedding earlier this year!” [20]

During his Senior year, Buttigieg also won first prize in the JFK Profiles in Courage essay contest awarded by the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, writing on the topic of Bernie Sanders.[21] In 2000, Buttigieg graduated as valedictorian of his senior class at St. Joseph High School in South Bend.

Higher Education


Buttigieg attended Harvard University in Boston, MA, from 2000 to 2004, majoring in history and literature, and studying Arabic. He served as president of the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) Student Advisory Committee and worked on the institute's annual study of youth attitudes on politics. [22] Buttigieg spent so much time at the institute’s star- studded forums and political discussions in college that his parents asked if he went to Harvard or the IOP. [23] He also wrote a regular column for the Harvard Crimson and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. [24]

“Whether or not it was spoken, all [of us were] oriented towards a life of service in some form or another,” said Ryan Rippel, now a Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nat Myers, who would serve as Buttigieg’s best man at his wedding, has worked with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Randall Winston, is the Executive Director of California’s Strategic Growth Council. Previn Warren, who clerked for the Hon. Merrick Garland, is now the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign General Counsel. Ganesh Sitaraman, Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University, has inspired Buttigieg’s judical reform ideas. Another Harvard friend, Stephen Brokaw, is his National Political Director. And his college roommate Uzodinma Iweala, author of the award-winning book Beasts of No Nation, is the CEO of The Africa Center.[25]

“We’ve always felt like his brothers,” said Steve Koh, formerly of the UN International Criminal Tribunal and now at Columbia Law School. Koh shared bunk beds with Buttigieg during freshman year, “Out of all of us, I felt like he was the one who most deeply treasured the brotherhood.” Buttigieg also played a key role in keeping them connected and building a mythology around their bond, a role that he continues today. “There were certainly moments when Peter played a fatherly role to all of us,” said Rippel. “He was very mature beyond his years.” [26]

Buttigieg disarmed people with what seemed like a genuine curiosity about them and their lives. He was also a good listener, known for speaking only when he really had something to say, but he could surprise people when he finally dropped his thoughts on a topic. “I always felt that if he was asking you something, he genuinely wanted to know the answer,” said Nicole Cliffe. “Whether arguing that Democrats should take back God, morality, and freedom from Republicans or that liberals too often play on conservatives’ political turf instead of articulating their own vision and values, Buttigieg’s rhetoric as a candidate sounds nearly identical to his political musings when he was at Harvard, according to interviews with more than a dozen of his former classmates.” “You listen to Pete talk now in town halls or otherwise and he’s saying the exact same things — it’s almost uncanny,” said Jason Semine, a former classmate. [27]

“Peter struck me very early on, at 18 or 19, as someone who would run for president regardless,” said Winston. “If you want to be a political leader, why?” he recalled. “Is it about yourself? Is it really about the good of the nation? I think he was asking himself those questions from the jump.” [28] Eric Lesser, now a Massachusetts state senator, was also a Harvard friend. When Lesser was in charge of luggage on Obama’s 2008 campaign, Buttigieg drove out from Chicago to Gary, Indiana, “just to help me unload everything and then left.” Obama wasn’t ever going to be there, he said. “There was no glory in that. He wasn’t getting face time with the senator.” Buttigieg was “never the type of person on campus who ran around in a pinstripe suit glad-handing everybody.” Instead, he would “reach out to and chat with and buck up students who had setbacks,” a subtler and more effective form of making a political impression. “A set of historic and once-in-a-lifetime events have coalesced around bringing him to this moment. He is not someone who was looking for power for power’s sake.”[29]

During the his Harvard years, Buttigieg also worked at the JFK Kennedy Library in Boston; volunteered for Democrat Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign; interned for Jill Long Thompson’s unsuccessful 2002 congressional campaign in Indiana; and worked as an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC news affiliate in Chicago, in 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2004.


Buttigieg was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford University from 2005-2007. [30] Before arriving at Oxford, during the summer of 2005, Buttigieg sharpened his language skills in a Tunis classroom, where he took a course in Arabic. [31]

While at Oxford, Buttigieg gathered more friends with similar interests in academics, the law, and public service including: Katharine Wilkinson, Marissa Doran, Jeremy Farris, Justin Mutter, Swati Mylavarapu, and Meghan Sullivan. Mylavarapu, who was also at Harvard with Buttigieg, is now serving as the National Investment Chair on the Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign. Formerly they worked together on issues in South Bend and Buttigieg helped her launch the Arena, which trains the next generation of progressive leaders.[32] When not studying, Buttigieg traveled in Europe with friends, played Risk or Settlers of Cataan, collected whiskeys, and taught himself Norwegian. [33]

Buttigieg pursued the traditional Rhodes Scholar program, earning a second BA in PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) Buttigieg was challenged by the Oxford approach of strong, tutorial-centered teaching, which he has related in Shortest Way Home. When it came time to conclude his studies, Buttigieg chose what Farris calls his “North Sea-cargo-ship exam preparation.” Wilkinson said, “It’s one of those mythic Oxford tales that’s actually true. Pete boarded a cargo ship—shipping goods across the ocean—to isolate himself before the multiple days of tests. I just remember thinking, like, What? Who does that?” [34]Soon after, Buttigieg earned first class honors in philosophy, politics, and economics – earning a BA from Pembroke College, Oxford in 2007.

Work Experiences

From 2004 to 2005, Buttigieg worked for several months on Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign, where he specialized in policy as a research director based in Arizona. Mara Lee, who worked with him and remains a friend, remembered meeting her co-worker for the first time: “Here’s this guy who’s doing a million things at once. He has seven or eight TVs on to monitor the local and national news. He’s introducing himself to me — being genuine — and having a conversation while typing.”[35]

After the campaign ended, Buttigieg returned to Washington, D.C., to work for Doug Wilson at the Cohen Group, a strategic consulting firm run by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Buttigieg worked as the conference director for The Leaders Project, which brings together younger leaders from around the world for constructive dialogue. [36] During this time Buttigieg also became a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.[37]

After earning his Oxford degree, Buttigieg was hired as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he worked from 2007 to 2010. His specialties were energy and grocery store pricing, as well as economic development overseas. Buttigieg has detailed that he was “responsible for advising senior business and government leaders on major decisions related to economic development, energy policy, strategic business initiatives, and logistics. His work took him around the country and the world, including to Iraq and Afghanistan.” [38]

Former McKinsey colleagues believed Buttigieg’s stint at the company was a stepping stone towards public service. One coworker recalled him expressing particular interest about workforce development projects in his home state. "He was always clear from the beginning that his longer-term aspirations were to work in public policy and government," a former McKinsey colleague said.[39]

Buttigieg’s work “is largely covered by a non-disclosure agreement,” according to Chris Meagher PFA staff. “Previously, the campaign had reached out to McKinsey to inquire about what the NDA encompasses, and this week again reached out to McKinsey about the possibility of being released from the NDA.”[40]

In 2008, Buttigieg and his close friend Nat Myers traveled to Somalia, writing about their somewhat risky trip for the New York Times.[41]

Military Service

In 2009, when he was 27 years old, Buttigieg joined the Navy Reserve through the highly competitive Navy Reserve Direct Commission Program offered to applicants with academic degrees. Commissioned as an Ensign, his job assignment was Intelligence Officer, Military Occupation Code 1835. As an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2009 to 2017, Pete served one weekend per month at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago, and two weeks active duty per year.

Buttigieg received deployment orders on August 28, 2013, and reported to Navy Operational Support Center in Chicago for a month of training on Feb 28, 2014. Pete did not accept his city salary during his deployment. Once a week, he joined a conference call with his staff back in South Bend. While deployed, Buttigieg was part of a unit assigned to identify and disrupt terrorist finance networks Buttigieg returned home on Sept 25, 2014.[42]

In November of 2017, Buttigieg was honorably discharged from the Navy Reserve. During his time in the Navy Reserve he received military awards including: the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" Device, NATO Medal, Rifle Marksmanship Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

A detailed article on Buttigieg's military service can be found here.


Buttigieg served as president of the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP) Student Advisory Committee and worked on the institute's annual study of youth attitudes on politics. As an undergraduate at Harvard, Buttigieg also interned for Jill Long Thompson's unsuccessful 2002 congressional campaign in Indiana. From 2004 to 2005, Buttigieg worked for several months on Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign, where he specialized in policy as a research director based in Arizona. While working at McKinsey, Buttigieg took two extended leaves for political work. One was to work as a research advisor for Hoosiers for Jill Long Thompson for Governor, in 2008. The other was to canvass in Iowa with good friends Nat Myers and Ryan Ripple for Barack Obama, also in 2008.[43]

Indiana State Treasurer

Buttigieg was the Democratic nominee for State Treasurer of Indiana in 2010. Buttigieg had been critical of the incumbent, Richard Murdock, who had investing state funds in junk bonds and had opposed the Obama auto bailout. Buttigieg advocated investing tax money only in banks that loaned to small businesses and worked to prevent homeowner foreclosures. He promised to advocate for homeowners having issues with their banks and to improve transparency in the Treasurer’s office. [44] “As treasurer, I will insist that any bank that wants to do business with the state meet basic, consumer-friendly standards,” Buttigieg said. “That means no more dishonest practices, misleading claims, hidden charges or excessive fees.”[45] Buttigieg also called for more stringent ethics standards in the office and advocated to depoliticize the office as well.[46] [47]

Max Harris, a longtime Indiana Democrat operative who ran Buttigieg’s campaign, recalled that despite his education and experiences, Buttigieg had to learn to work a room of voters. “Come on, Pete,” Harris would tell him, “let’s go.” But, Harris says, “after two or three weeks on the trail, he got that down cold.” Buttigieg and Harris set up shop in the basement of the St. Joseph Valley Building Trades Hall in South Bend, with Buttigieg calling donors seven days a week. “He did it without question,” Harris says. “He took a leave of absence from McKinsey. That struck me.” [48]

During the course of the campaign, Buttigieg's opponent refused to engage in a public debate. Buttigieg learned that Mourdock would be appearing at a local Meet the Candidates Night in South Bend, sponsored by two tea party aligned groups. Buttigieg attended the event and was allowed to speak. “I have to admit, as a Democrat, many of my friends and supporters looked at me as if I was absolutely nuts when I suggested that I would be coming tonight to speak with a group that’s often identified as the tea party,” Buttigieg said to the group. “There are some, especially in my party, who think that the tea party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.” Reaching out for crossover voters, Buttigieg continued, “But there are many others who believe that the tea party is motivated by real concerns about the direction of our government, and the responsiveness of our government to citizens, and above all the frustration with business as usual. That is what motivated me to run. And so while we may come from often very different perspectives, I believe we might find that we have a lot in common on that front.” Attendees at the 2010 forum say Buttigieg wasn’t a tea party follower or sympathizer. In fact, one of the event’s organizers recently called him a “socialist.” Instead, they believed Buttigieg was seeking to be appear with the Republican incumbent, Richard Mourdock, in front of any audience that would have him.[49] “He certainly wasn’t going to let his opponent come to his hometown and not be there,” according to Jeff Harris, who managed Buttigieg’s 2010 campaign, said in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “I think it was an opportunity to be on the same stage with the incumbent when Treasurer Mourdock was ducking and dodging at every opportunity.”[50]

Buttigieg received 37.5% of the vote (633,243 votes), losing to the Republican incumbent Richard Mourdock. [51]

Mayor of South Bend

In 2011, Buttigieg decided to run for mayor after learning that incumbent Stephen Luecke was stepping down. He promoted his candidacy as bringing a fresh start to South Bend, and promised to “. . . develop and strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting businesses, partner with the local public school system, manage a cutting-edge and transparent city administration, and provide safety and security by empowering neighborhoods throughout our community.” [52] [53]

While Buttigieg lacked local Democratic party support in the primary, he had garnered statewide party support from his efforts running for State Treasurer and from those who believed he represented the future of the party in Indiana. Additional support came from the community who felt his business background would help him create new development strategies for the city.[54] Mike Schmuhl served as Campaign Manager and Treasurer for Buttigieg's 2011 mayoral campaign, as well as his Chief of Staff in South Bend until 2013. Another St Joseph alumni, Kathryn Roos, moved back to South Bend in 2011, and served as Fianncial Manager and Director of Operations for the campaign. Roos first served as Deputy Chief of Staff, becoming Chief of Staff after Schmuhl’s return to graduate school.[55]

After a decisive primary victory, Buttigieg was elected mayor in November 2011, against Republican Wayne Curry, receiving 74% of the vote. This was days after Newsweek ran a story declaring South Bend a “dying city.” Buttigieg took office in January 2012 at age 29, becoming the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents. [56]

In 2014, Buttigieg announced that he would seek a second term. He won the Democratic primary with 78% of the vote, defeating Henry Davis Jr., the city councilman from the Second District. In November of 2015 he was elected to his second term as mayor with over 80% of the vote. Laura O’Sullivan serves as his current Chief of Staff. [57]

In December of 2018, Buttigieg announced that he would not seek a third term as mayor of South Bend.

Democratic National Committee Chair

In December of 2016, following the defeat of Hillary Clinton for president, Buttigieg voiced his concerns for the Democratic party in his essay “Letter from Flyover Country” which brought him much attention for his call to return to a discussion of values – freedom, fairness, families, and the future – as well as attention to the rustbelt and rural areas of the country. [58]

In January of 2017, dissatisfied with how the election for Party Chair was developing, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for Chair as an alternative to leading candidates former Labor Sec Thomas E Perez and Rep Keith Ellison of MN. “Look, no one sits on his mother’s knee and says, ‘I want to be national party chair when I grow up one day,’” he said, promising he would resign as mayor if he won the race. “But I can’t think of something more meaningful than organizing the opposition in the face of what I think will be a pretty monstrous presidency and challenging time out here in the states.” [59]

At first working from home, Buttigieg began calling the members of the Democratic Committee (447 people), with the assistance of his partner, Chasten Glezman, and a few volunteers who would eventually become 12 staffers. Liz Smith, an experienced Democratic campaign operative, signed on as a consultant, promoting her candidate in a very public manner rather than as a private, backroom negotiation. Buttigieg began an intensive and unconventional 8-week campaign of calls, travel to candidate forums, fundraisers, and press interviews. [60]

Buttigieg campaigned on the idea that the party needed a compromise candidate not supported by an existing faction in the party; millennial change; attention paid to the rustbelt and “flyover country”; and new approaches to organizing. He was endorsed by the former DNC chairman Howard Dean, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, and North Dakota Senator Heidi Keitkamp. Buttigieg withdrew from the race on the day of the election without endorsing a candidate, in a memorable and inspiring speech. "It looks like I’m not going to be the next chair," Buttigeig said. “But whoever is, I am urging to do the things that must be done to be open to change, to look beyond Washington, to not treat the presidency like it’s the only office that matters, to pay attention to communities like ours in the heart of our country — not as an exotic species — but as your fellow Americans."[61]

Presidential Candidate

On January 23, 2019, Buttigieg announced that he was creating an exploratory committee for President in the 2020 U.S. election. He officially launched his campaign on April 14, 2019, in South Bend. Liz Smith serves as Communications Director with Mike Schmuhl as Campaign Manager. Buttigieg’s candidacy is historic as he would be the youngest and the first openly gay American president. [62]

Personal Life

Buttigieg is a Christian. A friend of his father's, a theologian of science and religion at Notre Dame, baptized him as an infant. Buttigieg attended Catholic high school. Although his family did not regularly attend church, Buttigieg says his mother identified more with the Anglican faith. Buttigieg says “by the time I was an adult, I didn’t view myself as Catholic.”[63] While at Oxford University, Buttigieg began to attend Christ Church Cathedral, saying he felt "more-or-less Anglican" by the time he returned to the U.S. When he lived in Chicago, Buttigieg periodically attended a Norwegian church. Buttigieg began to attend services at the Cathedral of St James in downtown South Bend, when he returned home in 2009. A member of the Episcopal Church, Buttigieg is a regular congregant and member of St James. He will quietly attend Episcopal services when he is traveling. [64] [65]

On June 16, 2015, Buttigieg came out as gay in self-written article in the South Bend Tribune. In December of 2017, Buttigieg announced his engagement to Chasten Glezman. Buttigieg and Glezman, a teacher, had been dating since August of 2015, eventually living together as partners in South Bend, beginning in January of 2016. They live in a 1905 neoclassical style home Buttigieg bought for $125,000 in 2009, after it had been vacant and foreclosed for two years. Buttigieg frequently says he lives "a middle class life in a middle class neighborhood." [66] [67]

Chasten Glezman was born on June 23, 1989 in Traverse City, MI to Terry and Sherri Glezman. He spent his senior year of high school as an exchange student in Germany. He earned a BA in Theater and Global Studies from University of Wisconsin in 2011, and a MA in Education from DePaul University in 2017. [68] Buttigieg and Glezman were married on June 16, 2018, at the Cathedral of St. James. As of August 2018, Glezman uses the surname Buttigieg.[69] Chasten Buttigieg has taken a leave from his teaching position to support the campaign by appearing at supporter and donor events; running active social media accounts; visiting community and education groups; and giving speeches. [70] He also works as the Director of Curriculum at the South Bend Civic Theater. [71]

Buttigieg speaks Spanish, French, Maltese, Italian, Arabic, and Dari in addition to his native English. His level of fluency is unclear, but he has been recorded speaking foreign languages in various interviews. His close friend Nat Myers recalls that Buttigieg had become entranced by a Norwegian novel by Erlend Loe, self teaching himself Norwegian to read another works by the author. He periodically attended a Norwegian church in Chicago. [72]

Buttigieg is a runner who posted a personal best half-marathon time of 1 hour, 42 minutes when he was stationed at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. He tries to run 5 to 9 miles several times a week. [73]

Buttigieg frequently describes himself as a musician, playing both guitar and piano. Buttigieg says his parents listened to classical music and Vaughan Williams as he was growing up. As a teen Buttigieg liked classic rock and jam bands, and played in a garage band. Buttigieg also played clarinet in high school.[74] In 2013, he performed Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra.[75] In 2015, he also performed as a guest piano soloist with Ben Folds. [76] Buttigieg has also played guitar and piano or keyboard at local events, drop in sessions and gigs in South Bend, and on the campaign trail. He brought a harmonica with him on his Afghanistan deployment. Buttigieg lists Dave Matthews Band, Spoon, Everlast, Phish, Jimi Hendrix, and Radiohead among his favorite musicians. His campaign songs include Panic! At the Disco’s High Hopes and Creedence Clearwater Revial’s Up Around the Bend. The Buttigiegs' wedding song was Alison Krauss’ When you Say Nothing at All. [77] Harvard friends also recall how he taught himself the Australian didgeridoo.[78]

Buttigieg frequently describe his favorite book as Ulysses by James Joyce. Favorite television shows include Game of Thrones, The Wire, and Occupied, a Norwegian political thriller. At Harvard, he organized West Wing watch parties. His favorite films include The Godfather and Gangs of New York, although Buttigieg confesses a weakness for “provocative Sci-Fi that makes you think. And I think Contact and more recently Arrival are two amazing movies that I could watch over and over again.”[79]

Boards and Associations


• President, Harvard Institute of Politics

• Fellow, Truman National Security Project, 2005-present

• Board Member, Truman National Security Project, present

• Rodel Fellow, Aspen Institute

• Chair, Automation and the Impacts on America's Cities Task Force

• Board Member, United States Conference of Mayors

• Co-Founder, Democratic Renaissance Project

• Former President, Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus

• Former President, Northern Indiana Mayors Roundtable

• Member, Climate Mayors

  • Pro Growth Progressive Leader, The New DEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders)

Awards and Honors

• Mayor of the Year -, 2013

• New Frontier Award John F. Kennedy Library Foundation & Harvard University Institute of Politics, 2015

• Pedestrian and Bicycle Awards - U.S. Department of Transportation Mayors' Challenge, 2016

• Elected Official of the Year – Indiana Park and Recreation Association, 2018

• Golden Heart Award for Outstanding Leadership and Public Service - God’s Love We Deliver - Oct 2019[81]



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  38. Official Campaign Biography Pete Buttigieg
  39. Politico:Buttigieg Distances Himself from his McKinsey Consulting Days
  40. Buzzfeed News:Pete Buttigieg’s Work At McKinsey Is A Secret
  41. New York Times: Tourists in Somaliland
  42. CNN: Buttigieg Wields his Military Credentials, "It's Not Like I Killed Bin Laden", But It Was Dangerous
  43. The Washington Post: Could Pete Buttigieg Become the First Millennial President?
  44. Courier & Press: Pete Buttigieg Lost his First Race to a Former Vanderburgh County Commissioner
  45. Tribune Star: Candidate for State Office Brings Campaign to City
  46. Pete Buttigieg for State Treasurer:Pete's New Ideas
  47. Pete Buttigieg for State Treasurer
  48. Indianapolis Monthly: Pete Buttigieg Has His Eyes on the Prize
  49. Buzzfeed News:

    How Pete Buttigieg Courted The Tea Party In His First Race
  50. Buzzfeed News:How Pete Buttigieg Courted The Tea Party In His First Race
  51. State of Indiana: 2010 Election Results
  52. St Joseph High School News: Pete Buttigieg Elected Mayor
  53. Benton Spirit News: 2011 South Bend Indiana Election
  54. South Bend Progressive: On the South Bend Mayor's Race
  55. St Joseph High News: Saint Joe Grads Shine in South Bend Mayor Election
  56. Indianapolis Monthly: Pete Buttigieg Has His Eyes on the Prize
  57. City of South Bend: Mayor's Office
  58. Buttigieg, Pete: Letter from Flyover Country
  59. New York Times: Pete Buttigieg Enters Democratic National Committee Chairman Race
  60. Politico: ‘I Want Him on Everything’: Meet the Woman Behind the Buttigieg Media Frenzy
  61. NBC News: DNC Race, Democrats Elect New Leader
  62. Pete Buttigieg
  63. Episcopal News Service: Diocese’s Reversal on Same-sex Marriage Paved Way for Pete Buttigieg’s Wedding at South Bend Cathedral
  64. CNN: Pete Buttigieg on Faith, his Marriage and Mike Pence
  65. New Yorker: Pete Buttigieg's Quiet Rebellion
  66. Forbes: Where the Top Democratic Primary Candidates Call Home
  67. The News & Observer: How do the Democrats Running for President Really Live? A Look at Their Homes, Wealth.
  68. The Daily Beast: Everything You Need to Know About Pete Buttigieg's Husband
  69. Twitter:@Chas10Buttigieg August 27, 2018
  70. The Washington Post: Chasten Buttigieg Has Been a Homeless Community College Student, a Starbucks Barista, Now He Could be First Gentleman
  71. Broadway World: South Bend Civic Theatre Hires Chasten Buttigieg And Kristen Campbell For Education Department Positions
  72. New Yorker: Pete Buttigieg's Quiet Rebellion
  73. Politico: How Mayor Pete Started to Look Presidential
  74. CNN: Buttigieg Reunites with a Supporter Who Shaped his Stump Speech in Iowa
  75. South Bend Tribune: Mayor Pete Buttigieg Performs with South Bend Symphony
  76. Pete Buttigieg Seriously Impressed Ben Folds After Joining Him On Stage for a Duet.
  77. LA Times: Q&A: Pete Buttigieg digs Phish and Radiohead — But Don’t Expect Them at his Inauguration
  78. Boston Globe: Mayor Pete and the Order of the Kong: How Buttigieg’s Harvard Pals Helped Spur his Rise in Politics
  79. Indianapolis Monthly: Pete Buttigieg Has His Eyes on the Prize.
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  81. Golden Heart Award 2019