Pete Buttigieg is a name to watch in the 2020 presidential election and is widely considered a darkhorse candidate in the Democratic party. Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has yet to officially declare his candidacy but is rising in popularity.
In a recent poll of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers surveyed by Emerson Polling, Buttigieg earned 11 percent of the vote.
That is notable because that places Buttigieg in third-place behind former vice president Joe Biden (25 percent) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (24) percent. Senator Kamala Harris is the only other candidate to poll in the double digits.
If Buttigieg does officially run, he would be the first openly gay Democratic candidate ever to run for President. He could also make history as the first openly gay President of the United States and the youngest.
The best news for Buttigieg is that he is polling second in the 18-to-29-year-old demographic with 22 percent behind only Bernie Sanders.
Everything you need to know about the rising political star can be seen below.
Pete Buttigieg Bio & Personal Life
Born: January 19, 1982 (37 years old)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Education: Saint Joseph’s High School, Harvard College, University of Oxford, Harvard University
Pete Buttigieg was born in South Bend, Indiana to Jennifer Anne Montgomery and Joseph Buttigieg, who were both professors at the University of Notre Dame. His father immigrated to the United States from Malta, while his mother was a lifelong Indiana native.
Buttigieg was a commissioned Naval intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was deployed overseas for seven months. During his time in the military, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work.
Buttigieg was just 29 years old when he was elected in 2011 and is currently in his eighth and final year as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. During his re-election big in 2015, Buttigieg won a whopping 80 percent of the vote.
Buttigieg is the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana and has been married to his husband, Chasten Glezman, since June 16, 2018. The couple began dating in August 2015.
Pete Buttigieg Political Stances
A quick look at Buttigieg’s political stances shows that he is in favor of stricter gun laws, raising taxes for the rich, raising the minimum wage, and is also in line with the left major social issues. A full breakdown of his political stances can be seen on iSideWith.com.
You can learn more about Buttigieg on his official website.