Could wildcard millennial Pete Buttigieg become America’s first gay President?
This 37-year-old contemporary of Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard was also a Rhodes scholar at Pembroke College, Oxford and elected the city mayor of South Bend, Indiana at the age of just 29. This “centrist” politician speaks Norwegian, Spanish, Italian, Maltese, Farsi and French, plays the guitar and piano and raised a staggering $600,000 in just 24 hours from 22,000 donors after appearing at a CNN town hall in March this year.
Named “Mayor the Year for 2013” by GovFresh.com and described by The Washington Post as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of” in 2014, Buttigieg transformed South Bend by both repairing and demolishing 1,000 blighted properties across the cities in 1,000 days. He has been credited with improving urban vibrancy, investing $50 million to restore the city’s neglected parks and describes himself as “a proponent of democratically influenced capitalism.”
Married to a junior high school teacher, Chasten Glezman, Buttigieg was a consultant at McKinsey & Company from 2007 to 2010. Asked in 2016 how he’d combat Trump, he answered: “I grew up in Indiana and I’m gay. I’m comfortable dealing with bullies.”