Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is one of the top candidates in the Democratic field vying for the 2020 presidential nomination. Buttigieg trails former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, and Senator Elizabeth Warren in the poll, but he still has incredible momentum following the first Democratic Debate of the election cycle.
Following the Federal Election Commission’s deadline for second-quarter fundraising on Sunday, June 30, Buttigieg announced that his campaign fundraising is surging.
In the first quarter of 2019, Buttigieg’s campaign raised just $7 million. On July 1, Buttigieg announced that his campaign has raised a whopping $25 million in the second quarter.
The money has come from more than 400,000 unique donors.
“Thank you to the over 400,000 of you who have invested in this campaign, and who helped us raise over $24,800,000 this quarter alone. You inspire us every step of the way, and we’re just getting started,” Buttigieg wrote on Twitter before sharing instructions on how to continue contributing. “Text SHOWUP to 25859 to keep the momentum going!”
Thank you to the over 400,000 of you who have invested in this campaign, and who helped us raise over $24,800,000 this quarter alone. You inspire us every step of the way, and we're just getting started. Text SHOWUP to 25859 to keep the momentum going! pic.twitter.com/g1SIlgt4Eo
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) July 1, 2019
The average donation was just over $47. Lis Smith, the Senior Advisor and Communications Director for the Buttigieg campaign, added that Mayor Pete will be entering the third quarter of the year with $22.6 million cash on hand.
Additional information on Mayor Pete 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.