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Pete Buttigieg, also known as Mayor Pete, (1982–) is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.[note 1][1] He ran a failed campaign for the 2020 U.S. presidency on the Democratic ticket.[2] He announced his campaign for President on January 23, 2019,[3] and dropped out on March 1st, 2020.[4]

Buttigieg is openly gay and married.[5] He is a Rhodes Scholar, and winner of the 2000 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, for an essay on Bernie Sanders.[6] He was a Navy lieutenant,[7] and Afghanistan War veteran.[8] He is generally seen as one the more centrist members of the Democratic Party. He was also inexplicably popular, though not among progressives.


  • Supports same-sex marriage, being in such a marriage himself.[9] Wants to extend civil-rights legislation to protect the LGBTQ community.[6]
  • Favors transitioning towards a single-payer healthcare system by first providing a public option.[note 2][10] Does not support eliminating private health insurance.[6]
  • Considers climate change to be a national security threat, why only military threats can be considered serious is a question left to the reader. Supports the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Wants to subsidize solar panels.[6]
  • Endorses the Green New Deal.[11]
  • Believes the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)[note 3] has caused significant job losses in the Midwest. Supports labor unions.[6]
  • Wants to ban guns in schools and the nullification of "stand-your-ground" laws. Supports universal background checks before gun purchases.[6]
  • Supports withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Opposes Trump's plan to pull out of Syria. Considers Iran to be a serious threat to Israel. Only supports military deployment if diplomacy fails.[6]
  • Favors the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA program, wants to provide undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children with a path to citizenship.[6]
  • Wants to pack the Supreme Court to thirteen Justices.[12]
  • Is in favor of abolishing the Electoral College.[13]
  • Opposes the leaking of government documents by Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden, also opposing former President Obama's clemency of Manning's prison sentence.[14]
  • Supports marijuana legalization.[15]
  • Supports a national public service program.[16]


  1. This earned him the nickname "Mayor Pete."
  2. The public option is a government-run health insurance plan that competes with private insurance.
  3. This was renegotiated by the Trump administration and is now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).


  1. The most interesting mayor you've never heard of The Washington Post. March 10, 2014.
  2. Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg jumps into 2020 race CNN. January 23, 2019.
  3. Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg jumps into 2020 race CNN. January 23, 2019.
  4. Pete Buttigieg To Suspend Presidential Campaign NPR. March 1st, 2020.
  5. Pete Buttigieg Might Be President Someday. He's Already Got the First Man. The New York Times. June 18, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 What does Pete Buttigieg believe? Where the candidate stands on 7 issues. PBS NewsHour. February 15, 2019. Accessed March 7, 2019.
  7. The First Gay President?
  8. Navy Reserve to deploy Buttigieg to Afghanistan
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/fashion/weddings/mayor-peter-buttigieg-wedding-democratic-party.html Pete Buttigieg Might Be President Someday. He's Already Got the First Man.
  10. Where Democratic presidential candidates stand on health care reform. PBS NewsHour. February 20, 2019. Accessed February 25, 2019.
  11. Buttigieg: Green New Deal resolution 'the right beginning' CNN. February 10, 2019.
  12. 2020 Democrat Pete Buttigieg Wins Applause for Making 'Pack the Courts' Argument Common Dreams. February 20, 2019.
  13. Dem presidential candidate Buttigieg calls for scrapping Electoral College: It 'needs to go'
  14. 2020 candidate Pete Buttigieg "troubled" by clemency for Chelsea Manning CBS News. March 11, 2019.
  15. https://www.marijuanamoment.net/where-presidential-candidate-pete-buttigieg-stands-on-marijuana/
  16. [1] Politico. 04/15/2019.