Pete Buttigieg is an American born on the 19th of January 1982 at South Bend, Indiana, and is the only child of his parents Joseph A. Buttigieg and Jennifer Montgomery.
The father who was born and raised in a place called Hamrum in Malta emigrated to the United States of America to pursue a career as a professor of Literature at Notre Dame University.
His father taught at the University of Notre Dame for 29 years and through him, Pete Buttigieg became a dual citizen of both the United States of America and Malta.
Jennifer Montgomery his mother, was born in Stanislaus County in California and she graduated from Rashford High School, Texas where she later got her BA and MA at the University of Texas in 1967.
Pete Buttigieg’s Education
In the year 2002, Pete was the Valedictorian of his class at St. Joseph’s High School and also won the First prize in a competition that same year in Courage essay contest which made him travel to Boston for the award where he met with Caroline Kennedy as well as several other members of the President’s family.
Pete Buttigieg’s winning that contest opened several opportunities for him including his selection alongside another student from Indiana as delegates to the United states senate youth program that was a yearly scholarship competition sponsored by the Hearts Foundation and the United states senate.
He later went to Harvard University where he studied History and Literature, got elected as the president of the Student Advisory Committee of the Harvard Institute of Politics where he then wrote his thesis as an undergraduate with the title “The Quiet American’s Errand Into The Wilderness” which was on the influence of Puritanism on the United States of America’s foreign policy.
Pete was later awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he got a Bachelor of Arts degree with First class in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy after his study at Pembroke College in Oxford.
Pete Buttigieg was a member and co-founder of the Democratic Renaissance Project which had about twelve Oxford students.
Pete Buttigieg’s Professional Career
Pete was an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV before he graduated from college and also did his internship for Jil Long Thompson who was a Democrat during her congressional bid in 2002.
He later worked as a policy and research specialist for few months in New Mexico and Arizona after college on John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004 which made him decline a work offer from Barack Obama’s United states senate campaign that same year.
After Buttigieg got his degree at Oxford, he worked at the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company as a consultant where he worked on retail, energy, economic development, and logistics for a few years.
He worked with Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws, Health insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Energy Foundation and Natural Resources Defense Council.
In 2008, he then took a leave of absence to become a research director for Jil Long Thompson’s campaign for Indiana governor which was unsuccessful and he finally left McKinsey in the year 2010 to concentrate on his own campaign for Indiana state treasurer.
His Military Service
Pete started his military deployment in Afghanistan in 2014 after he joined the United States Navy Reserve through the direct commission’s officer program where he was sworn in as an ensign in Naval intelligence in the year 2009.
Pete Buttigieg was an armed driver for his commander on several trips to Kabul in Afghanistan where he earned the nickname “Military Uber” for his careful watch over the vehicles.
Pete learned Dari which was the local dialect of the Afghans to enable him to communicate better with the locals and he also got awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal before he resigned from the United States Navy Reserve in the year 2017.
Buttigieg’s Political Career
Buttigieg later began his April 14, 2020, United States Presidential election campaign where he became the first gay American to openly kick off a Presidential campaign regardless of the shortcomings and setbacks, he was able to gain good progress in the middle of 2019.
He took part in debates, town halls, and forums where he surprisingly won the pledged delegate count in Iowa and also tied in the New Hampshire primary pledged delegate count.
Pete became the very first openly gay American candidate to ever win a Presidential Primary and he later dropped out of the Presidential race and endorsed Joe Biden the following day of March 1, 2020.
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Pete Buttigieg and his gay partner were Chasten Glezman who have both been together since the year 2018 decided to come out open after giving it a lot of thought which to a great extent gained him the support of the gay population in the United States of America as well as other people during his political campaigns.
Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign of 2020
On April 14, 2019, Buttigieg announced his campaign for U.s. president in 2020.
Buttigieg said on January 23, 2019, that he would organize an investigative group to run for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Buttigieg ran for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidacy. Buttigieg formally began his campaign on April 14, 2019, in South Bend, and if won, he would’ve been the youngest and first actively homosexual American president.
Buttigieg identified as a liberal who believes in democracy and capitalism. Buttigieg, according to historian David Mislin, is a pragmatist liberal in the mold of the once-powerful Social Gospel movement in the Midwest. Market manipulation, according to Buttigieg, is a major issue in American society. Buttigieg released his first book, Shortest Way Home, in the midst of his presidential campaign.
Buttigieg, who was formerly considered a long shot, had climbed to the forefront of the primary field by December 2019. Buttigieg won 14 delegates to Sanders’s 26.1 percent in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses, making him the first Gaycandidate to claim victory in a state presidential primary. The LGBTQ Victory Fund, Buttigieg’s first national endorsement, acknowledged the legendary first of a Gay candidate winning a state primary election. In the New Hampshire primary, Buttigieg came in second to Sanders. He stepped out of the race on March 1, 2020, after finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary with 8.2 percent of the vote, trailing Joe Biden (48.7%), Bernie Sanders (19.8%), and Tom Steyer (11.3 percent).
Buttigieg is a devout Christian who has stated that his faith has had a significant impact on his life. He was baptized as a baby in the Catholic Church and completed Catholic schools. Buttigieg began attending Christ Church Cathedral while still at University in England, and by the time he got back to South Bend, he was “so much Anglican” His theological influences include St. Augustine, James Martin, and Garry Wills. Buttigieg is a follower of the Episcopal Church and attends the Cathedral of St. James in central South Bend.
Buttigieg speaks Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Arabic, Dari Persian, and French in addition to his primary Language. Buttigieg is a guitarist and pianist who appeared with Ben Folds as a visiting pianist soloist with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in 2013.
Buttigieg came out of the closet in a June 2015 column in the South Bend Tribune. Buttigieg became Indiana’s first openly homosexual political executive when he was announced publicly. He was Indiana’s first public politician to come out when in office, and he was also the state’s top officeholder. Buttigieg was the first-ever openly homosexual Democratic candidate for president and the second altogether, following Republican Fred Karger’s 2012 campaign.
Buttigieg confirmed his marriage to Chasten Glezman, a middle school educator, in a Fb post on December 14, 2017. They met on the online dating site Hinge in August 2015 and have been courting since then.
On June 16, 2018, they were wedded in a secret ceremony at the Church of Saint James. Buttigieg became the first mayor of South Bend to marry while still in office as a result of this. Buttigieg is the surname of Chasten’s husband.
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