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Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg

Also Known As: "Pete"
Birthplace: South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Joseph Anthony Buttigieg, II and Private
Husband of Chasten Buttigieg
Father of Private and Private

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About Pete Buttigieg, 19th Secretary of Transportation

Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg (pronunciation: /ˈbuːtɪdʒɛdʒ/; born January 19, 1982) is an American politician and former U.S. Navy officer who is President-elect Joe Biden’s presumptive nominee for the position of United States Secretary of Transportation.[4][5]

He was the 32nd mayor of South Bend, Indiana from January 2012 to January 2020, and served in the War in Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg ran as a candidate for president in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, but suspended his campaign in March 2020. Buttigieg launched his campaign for the 2020 United States presidential election on April 14, 2019.[11][12] He became the first openly gay person to launch a major presidential campaign.[13]

A member of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar, and a veteran of the War in Afghanistan.

Early life and education

Buttigieg was born in South Bend, Indiana to parents Joseph A. Buttigieg and Jennifer Ann (née Montgomery). He is of Maltese and Scottish descent. As recently as the early 1500s he is also of Welsh descent.He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2000, where he was president and valedictorian of his senior class. In his senior year at St. Joseph’s High School, he was honored by Caroline Kennedy and other members of President Kennedy’s family during a May 22, 2000 ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library for his prize-winning essay for the JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest. Buttigieg’s winning essay centered on the integrity and political courage demonstrated by U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the nation’s only Independent member of Congress. He was also selected as one of two Indiana delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program. He attended Harvard College, where he was president of the Harvard Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee and worked on the Institute's annual study of youth attitudes on politics. Buttigieg was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004, receiving his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in History and Literature and writing his thesis on the influence of Puritanism on U.S. Foreign Policy as reflected in the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American. Buttigieg received a first class honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2007 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.


Early career and candidacy for Indiana State Treasurer

Before graduating from college, Buttigieg worked as an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC news affiliate. Buttigieg also worked as an intern for Jill Long Thompson's 2002 congressional campaign, and later served as an adviser to her 2008 Gubernatorial campaign.

After graduating, from 2004 to 2005 Buttigieg worked in Washington D.C. as conference director for former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen's international strategic consulting firm The Cohen Group. He also spent several months working on Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, where he was a policy and research specialist.

After graduating from Oxford, he then worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, a management strategy consulting firm, for three years, from 2007 through 2010.

He was the Democratic Party candidate in 2010 for State Treasurer of Indiana. Buttigieg lost to incumbent Richard Mourdock, garnering 37.5% of the vote.

Mayor of South Bend

Buttigieg was elected Mayor of South Bend on November 8, 2011 with 74% of the vote and took office on Jan. 1 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents. Mayor Buttigieg was named mayor of the year for 2013 by, tying with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. The Washington Post has called Buttigieg "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", citing his age, education, and military background.

Buttigieg has made redevelopment a top priority of his administration. One of the signature programs in his first term has been the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative, known locally as "1,000 Properties in 1,000 Days", which is a project to repair or demolish targeted properties across the city. The city has addressed 991 properties as of August 2015. The scheduled end date for the program is November 24, 2015.

Buttigieg served for seven months in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the US Navy Reserves, returning to the United States on September 23, 2014. In his absence, Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, the City Controller for South Bend, served in the role of executive commencing in February 2014. Buttigieg returned to his role as mayor in October 2014.

Buttigieg announced that he would seek a second term on November 18, 2014. The Democratic Party primary was held on May 5, 2015, and Buttigieg won with 78% of the vote. On November 3, 2015 Buttigieg was elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend with over 80% of the vote.

Buttigieg was named a 2014 Aspen Institute Rodel Fellow. He was named a recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Fenn Award in 2015.

Personal life

On June 16, 2015, Buttigieg announced in an essay that he is gay. He is the first openly gay executive in Indiana. In December 2017, Buttigieg announced his engagement to Chasten Glezman, a junior high school teacher.[304] They had been dating since August 2015 after meeting on the dating app Hinge.[25][305] They were married on June 16, 2018, in a private ceremony at the Cathedral of St. James in South Bend.[306][290] This made Buttigieg the first mayor of South Bend to get married while in office.[307] Chasten uses his husband's surname, Buttigieg.[308]

May 2019 Update: Meir Halevi Gover ( See: Academia

The common haplogroup governing within Maltese patronymic males is G-M406. We have now J. BUTTIGIEG from NY who tested his saliva with the Family Tree DNA Genetic Lab in Houston, TX. His genetic test results point to male cluster Y-Haplogroup: J1-M267>Z640>Z2293>Z642. This haplogroup is Jewish and originated in the Middle-East.


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January 19, 1982
South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States