|File:Pete Buttigieg Official Portrait.jpg|
|32nd Mayor of South Bend|
|Assumed office |
January 1, 2012
|Preceded by||Steve Luecke|
|Born|| Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg|
January 19, 1982 (age 37)
South Bend, Indiana, U.S.
|Domestic partner||Chasten Glezman|
|Website|| Government website|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg (pronunciation: //; born January 19, 1982) is the current and 32nd Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. A member of the Democratic Party, Buttigieg has been serving as mayor since January 1, 2012. Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University, a Rhodes Scholar, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
Early life and educationEdit
Buttigieg graduated from St. Joseph High School in 2000, where he was president and valedictorian of his senior class. In his senior year at St. Joseph's High School, he was honored by Caroline Kennedy and other members of President Kennedy's family during a May 22, 2000, ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library for his prize-winning essay for the JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest. Buttigieg’s winning essay centered on the integrity and political courage demonstrated by U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the nation's only Independent member of Congress. He was also selected as one of two Indiana delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program.
He attended Harvard College, where he was president of the Harvard Institute of Politics Student Advisory Committee and worked on the Institute's annual study of youth attitudes on politics. Buttigieg was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004, receiving his Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in History and Literature and writing his thesis on the influence of Puritanism on U.S. Foreign Policy as reflected in the Graham Greene novel The Quiet American. Buttigieg received a first class honors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 2007 from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Early career and candidacy for Indiana State TreasurerEdit
Before graduating from college, Buttigieg worked as an investigative intern at WMAQ-TV, Chicago's NBC news affiliate. Buttigieg also worked as an intern for Jill Long Thompson's 2002 congressional campaign, and later served as an adviser to her 2008 gubernatorial campaign.
After graduating, from 2004 to 2005 Buttigieg worked in Washington, D.C., as conference director for former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen's international strategic consulting firm, The Cohen Group. He also spent several months working on Senator John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, where he was a policy and research specialist. After graduating from Oxford, he then worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, a management strategy consulting firm, for three years, from 2007 through 2010.
Buttigieg was commissioned as a Naval intelligence officer in the Naval Reserves in 2009, and deployed to Afghanistan in 2013. After a seven-month deployment, Buttigieg returned to South Bend. He remains a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve.
Mayor of South BendEdit
Buttigieg was elected Mayor of South Bend on November 8, 2011 with 74% of the vote and took office on January 1 as the youngest mayor of a U.S. city with at least 100,000 residents. Mayor Buttigieg was named mayor of the year for 2013 by GovFresh.com, tying with former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg. In 2014, The Washington Post called Buttigieg "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", citing his age, education, and military background. In 2016, The New York Times published an op-ed praising Buttigieg's work as mayor and boldy asking in the headline if he could eventually be elected as "the first gay president."
Buttigieg has made redevelopment a top priority of his administration. One of the signature programs has been the Vacant and Abandoned Properties Initiative, known locally as "1,000 Properties in 1,000 Days", which is a project to repair or demolish targeted properties across the city. The city had addressed 991 properties as of August 2015. The goal was completed by the scheduled end date for the program, November 24, 2015.
Buttigieg served for seven months in Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserves, returning to the United States on September 23, 2014. In his absence, Deputy Mayor Mark Neal, the City Controller for South Bend, served in the role of executive commencing in February 2014. Buttigieg returned to his role as mayor in October 2014.
Buttigieg announced that he would seek a second term on November 18, 2014. The Democratic Party primary was held on May 5, 2015, and Buttigieg won with 78% of the vote. On November 3, 2015, Buttigieg was elected to his second term as mayor of South Bend with over 80% of the vote.
On Dec 19th, 2016, Reuters reported that South Bend had neighborhoods in which 31% of tested children were diagnosed with elevated lead levels in the blood: a rate six times higher than Flint, Michigan reported the same year. Buttigieg declared in his 2017 State of the City address that "the City has no specific officer, staff, or funding for health, [but] we will continue to actively support other health authorities in ensuring we live in a safe environment, especially for children."  Buttigieg has been criticized by local officials and media for low levels of funding proposed in 2017 and 2018 to address a public health crisis located predominantly in neighborhoods with many low-income and African American residents.
On June 16, 2017, the Mayor's "Smart Streets" construction project concluded. The multi-year $25 million dollar initiative converted many downtown one-way streets to two way use, and added pedestrian and bike friendly amenities.
In 2012, Buttigieg demoted the first African American police chief of South Bend, Darryl Boykins, and fired police communications director Karen DePaepe, following the revelation of taped telephone conversations between four white South Bend police officers and the spouse of an officer. The tapes were alleged to contain "racist content". Buttigieg elected to settle suits brought by Boykins, DePaepe, and the four officers out of court. The Common Council of South Bend sued the Mayor to release at least some of the tapes; this suit is still pending in state court.
In 2013, Buttigieg's replacement for Boykins as police chief, Ron Teachman, was subject to investigation for allegedly not supporting a fellow police officer during an nearby fight. Local advocates expressed concern that the officer Teachman allegedly failed to assist was African American. After a report by the Indiana State Police on the incident, Buttigieg concluded there was no discipline required of Chief Teachman, a decision that caused the head of the Board of Public Safety, Pat Cottrell, to resign in protest. Cottrell and the officer Chief Teachman allegedly failed to assist, Lt. David Newton, requested that the report be released, which Mayor Buttigieg declined to do.
In 2016, Buttigieg drew national attention for the city's handling of an excessive force and civil rights case involving three South Bend police officers and an innocent African American teen, DeShawn Franklin. Suspected of a crime he did not commit, Franklin's home was entered at night by the officers without a warrant, and he was punched and Tasered during the encounter, but was ultimately not arrested. Buttigieg's administration offered the teen's family $15,000 in settlement. The family rejected this offer, and the case went to trial. A jury found that the officers had violated Franklin's civil rights, and he was awarded $18.
In 2016, Buttigieg authorized the city's first officer of diversity and inclusion, with direction to produce a strategic report on diversity and inclusion in city government. The report was issued on July 15, 2016. Buttigieg's approach on this issue and his hires and appointments to leadership as mayor have been criticized for a lack of diversity and transparency.
The Smart Streets project became embroiled in controversy with the death of Tristan Moore, an 11 year old boy was hit by a car while crossing to the city's main bus terminal to get to school. The fatal accident occurred at an intersection whose traffic signal the project had removed. Mayor Buttigieg denied knowledge that the project had a role in the tragedy, pointing to the angle and location of the boy's crossing. Neighborhood leaders and Moore's family attorney criticized the Mayor for ignoring requests to reinstate the signal prior to the accident, delaying reinstatement of the signal, and for releasing insufficient data regarding the intersection's history.
2017 DNC chair electionEdit
On January 5, 2017, Buttigieg announced his candidacy for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in its 2017 chairmanship election. He "built a national profile as an emerging dark horse in the race for the chairmanship with the backing of former DNC Chairman Howard Dean." Buttigieg "campaigned on the idea that the aging Democratic Party needed to empower its millennial members." He withdrew from the race on the day of the election, in his nomination speech.
- ↑ Flores, Santiago. "PETE BUTTIGIEG: CHASTEN GLEZMAN: OLIVER DAVIS". https://www.southbendtribune.com/pete-buttigieg-chasten-glezman-oliver-davis/image_553825a2-d358-11e6-8d28-bfe1a22725e4.html. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
- ↑ "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2004/06/phi-beta-kappa-elects-92-seniors-to-harvard-chapter/. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
- ↑ "Secretary of State : Elections Division: Election Foundation Wide". In.gov. http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/election/general/general2011. Retrieved January 10, 2012.
- ↑ CNN, Eric Bradner,. "#2020Vision: Kander and Buttigieg make moves". http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/23/politics/2020-vision-jason-kander-eric-holder/index.html. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
- ↑ Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "Opinion - The First Gay President?". https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/the-first-gay-president.html. Retrieved October 16, 2017.
- ↑ Tom McNaught; John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (May 2, 2000). "2000 Winning Essay by Peter Buttigieg". jfklibrary.org. http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest/Past-Winning-Essays/2000-Winning-Essay-by-Peter-Buttigieg.aspx.
- ↑ South Bend Tribune (October 24, 2010). "Indiana State Treasurer Name: Pete Buttigieg". southbendtribune.com. http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2010-10-24/news/29156030_1_economic-development-businesses-state-government.
- ↑ Harvard Institute of Politics (January 2012). "Public Service Fast Track Former IOP Student Advisory Committee member Peter Buttigieg ’04 elected mayor of South Bend". harvard.edu. http://www.iop.harvard.edu/sites/default/files_new/011512_Iop_NL.pdf.
- ↑ "American Rhodes Scholars-Elect for 2005" (PDF). Americanrhodes.org. http://www.americanrhodes.org/assets/attachments/Scholars-Elect_2005_(TARS).pdf. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- ↑ "Phi Beta Kappa elects 92 seniors to Harvard chapter". harvard.edu. 2007. http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/06.10/20-pbk.html.
- ↑ Ken Gewertz; Harvard University Gazette (2007). "Rhodes Scholars announced Six talented students are Oxford-bound". harvard.edu. http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/12.02/01-rhodes.html.
- ↑ University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business (March 30, 2012). "TEN YEARS HENCE: Pete Buttigieg, Mayor, City of South Bend". nd.edu. http://business.nd.edu/news_and_events/speaker_series/ten_years_hence/ten_years_hence_bio.aspx?bio=10480&year=2012.
- ↑ Project Vote Smart (January 13, 2014). "Pete Buttigieg's Biography". votesmart.org. http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/127151/pete-buttigieg#.UtNv155dWl4.
- ↑ Arthur Foulkes (April 8, 2010). "Candidate for state office brings campaign to city". http://www.tribstar.com/news/x552036157/Candidate-for-state-office-brings-campaign-to-city.
- ↑ "Learn About Pete Buttigieg for South Bend Mayor". Peteforsouthbend.com. January 1, 2012. http://www.peteforsouthbend.com/about-pete-buttigieg-for-south-bend-mayor. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
- ↑ "Buttigieg Enters South Bend Mayoral Race - Pete Buttigieg". Peteforsouthbend.com. http://www.peteforsouthbend.com/news/buttigieg-enters-south-bend-mayoral-race. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
- ↑ "Indiana General Election November 2, 2010". Indiana Secretary of State. February 8, 2011. http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/election/general/general2010?page=office&countyID=71&officeID=8&districtID=-1&candidate=.
- ↑ Erin Blasko (September 13, 2013). "Navy Reserve to deploy Buttigieg to Afghanistan". http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/navy-reserve-to-deploy-buttigieg-to-afghanistan/article_5ccb3a3a-1bd1-11e3-bec9-0019bb30f31a.html.
- ↑ South Bend mayor back from Afghanistan deployment, Navy Times (September 26, 2014).
- ↑ Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "The First Gay President?". New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/the-first-gay-president.html. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Fuller, Jaime (March 10, 2014). "The most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of". Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/03/10/the-most-interesting-mayor-youve-never-heard-of/. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- ↑ "Mayor Pete Buttigieg". City of South Bend. http://www.ci.south-bend.in.us/government/department/mayor-pete-buttigieg. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- ↑ "GovFresh names Buttigieg mayor of the year". Wndu.com. January 24, 2014. http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/GovFresh-names-Buttigieg-mayor-of-the-year-241527591.html. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- ↑ "2013 GovFresh Awards". Govfresh.com. 2013. http://govfresh.com/awards/2013-govfresh-awards/. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- ↑ Bruni, Frank (June 11, 2016). "The First Gay President?". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/opinion/sunday/the-first-gay-president.html?_r=0. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 "Vacant & Abandoned Properties Initiative". City of South Bend. http://www.ci.south-bend.in.us/government/content/vacant-abandoned-properties-initiative. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- ↑ Blasko, Erin (February 28, 2013). "'1,000 properties in 1,000 days'". South Bend Tribune. http://articles.southbendtribune.com/2013-02-28/news/37337888_1_mayor-pete-buttigieg-properties-neighborhoods. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- ↑ "Progress Update". City of South Bend. July 10, 2017. https://www.southbendin.gov/government/content/progress-update. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- ↑ Bell, Kyle. "Mayor Buttigieg Reports Being Back on US Soil". South Bend Voice. http://southbendvoice.com/2014/09/24/mayor-buttigieg-reports-being-back-on-us-soil/. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
- ↑ Bell, Kyle (November 18, 2014). "Mayor Buttigieg Announces Re-Election Bid". South Bend Voice. http://southbendvoice.com/2014/11/18/mayor-buttigieg-announces-re-election-bid/. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ↑ Diane Daniels Annie Chang (May 20, 2015). "Pete Buttigieg winner of Democratic primary for South Bend mayor race". WSBT.com. http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/buttigieg-d-wins-renomination-for-south-bend-mayor/32827178. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- ↑ Peterson, Mark (November 3, 2015). "South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg wins re-election". WNDU-TV. http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Buttigieg-vies-for-second-term-as-South-Bend-mayor-340002362.html. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- ↑ South Bend, City of. "BUTTIGIEG ESTABLISHES CITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE". The City of South Bend. https://www.southbendin.gov/residents-business-government/news/2016-1-15/buttigieg-establishes-city-diversity-and-inclusion. Retrieved 8.1.17.
- ↑ "November 13, 2015 – 2015 New Frontier Award Release". Harvard Institute of Politics. October 28, 2015. http://iop.harvard.edu/about/newsletter-press-release/november-13-2015-%E2%80%93-2015-new-frontier-award-release. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
- ↑ Pell, M.B.; Schneyer, Joshua (19 Dec 2016). "Thousands of US locales where lead poisioning is worse than Flint". Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-lead-testing/. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Buttigieg, Pete. "MAYOR PETE BUTTIGIEG'S REMARKS AS PREPARED FOR THE 2017 STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS". City of South Bend. https://www.southbendin.gov/residents-business-government-visitors-students/news/2017-4-3/mayor-pete-buttigiegs-remarks-prepared. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Board of the South Bend Tribune, Editorial (24 August 2017). "Our Opinion: Find a way to pay for lead problem". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/our_opinion/our-opinion-find-a-way-to-pay-for-lead-problem/article_574d6399-0af6-5add-ba19-bb82eadb8910.html. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Board of the South Bend Tribune, Editorial. "Our Opinion: Time to get creative on South Bend's lead problem". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/our_opinion/our-opinion-time-to-get-creative-on-south-bend-s/article_018fe41b-cdea-5e13-9787-95b53c91a900.html. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Booker, Ted (16 August 2017). "Advocates say South Bend's lead problem deserves more attention". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/advocates-say-south-bend-s-lead-problem-deserves-more-attention/article_410a55ac-fa3b-550a-8af2-fdc911628e1e.html. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ South Bend, City of. "2010 Census Report: South Bend-St. Joseph County Community Overview". City of South Bend. pp. 11–19. https://www.southbendin.gov/sites/default/files/files/CI_Census2010Report.pdf. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Torie, Caroline (June 16, 2017). "Smart Streets grand opening Friday". WSBT. http://wsbt.com/news/local/smart-streets-grand-opening-friday. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- ↑ Buckley, Madeline; Wright, Lincoln. "Judge's ruling on police wiretap tapes leaves questions unanswered". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/judge-s-ruling-on-police-wiretap-tapes-leaves-questions-unanswered/article_463c08a0-9c3e-11e4-abb2-47b9f9547b68.html. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- ↑ Peterson, Mark. "Largest settlement yet on SB police tapes case". WNDU. http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/Largest-settlement-yet-on-SB-poilce-tapes-case--246962351.html. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- ↑ Parrott, Jeff (August 2, 2017). "U.S. appeals court rules South Bend police wiretap case belongs in state court". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/u-s-appeals-court-rules-south-bend-police-wiretap-case/article_ba116040-771f-11e7-93c7-dfa8b6975e9c.html. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- ↑ Schekler, Christian (25 September 2013). "UPDATED: Mayor: No discipline for police chief". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/updated-mayor-no-discipline-for-police-chief/article_01aa5138-25f2-11e3-a1d1-0019bb30f31a.html. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Schekler, Christian (15 October 2013). "UPDATED: Mayor under fire in police incident". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/updated-mayor-under-fire-in-police-incident/article_c88e322a-35a5-11e3-81c4-0019bb30f31a.html. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
- ↑ Phillips, Kristine. "An innocent black man was punched, Tasered and arrested by police officers. A jury awarded him $18". The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/08/30/an-innocent-black-man-was-punched-tased-and-arrested-by-police-officers-a-jury-awarded-him-18/. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- ↑ Hackney, Suzette. "Hackney: A case where civil rights are worth $1". The Indy Star. http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/columnists/suzette-hackney/2016/08/27/hackney-case-civil-rights-worth/89431286/. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- ↑ Bult, Laura. "Innocent black man was assaulted by Indiana officers and arrested in mistaken identity case — his family was awarded $1 in civil rights settlement". The New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/innocent-man-assaulted-cops-awarded-1-settlement-article-1.2772763. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
- ↑ South Bend, City of. "BUTTIGIEG ESTABLISHES CITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE". The City of South Bend. https://www.southbendin.gov/residents-business-government/news/2016-1-15/buttigieg-establishes-city-diversity-and-inclusion. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- ↑ South Bend, City of. "BUTTIGIEG ESTABLISHES CITY DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE". The City of South Bend. https://www.southbendin.gov/residents-business-government/news/2016-8-12/city-south-bend-host-public-feedback-meetings-diversity. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- ↑ Klee, Ricky. "Hired Leadership in South Bend Doesn't Look Like The Community". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/opinion/viewpoint/viewpoint-hired-leadership-in-south-bend-doesn-t-look-like/article_e972073a-505c-5739-84f9-22bcc949c312.html. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- ↑ Parrott, Jeff (January 25, 2017). "South Bend mayor stands behind Smart Streets after traffic death". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/south-bend-mayor-stands-behind-smart-streets-after-traffic-death/article_52259178-e259-11e6-aae3-b76ceaa745fe.html. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- ↑ Blasko, Erin (January 31, 2017). "Crews install traffic signals at South Bend intersection near where boy was killed". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/crews-install-traffic-signals-at-south-bend-intersection-near-where/article_9f213f84-e706-11e6-946e-2bea5fc6b68d.html. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- ↑ Schekler, Christian (February 3, 2017). "No rise in crashes after light removed at South Bend intersection Statistics belie intersection's true danger, attorney says". The South Bend Tribune. http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/no-rise-in-crashes-after-light-removed-at-south-bend/article_ce59faef-4779-5552-b273-bb867746d24b.html. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
- ↑ Jonathan Martin, Indiana Mayor Running for D.N.C. Chairman, New York Times(January 5, 2017).
- ↑ 57.0 57.1 57.2 Alex Seitz-Wald, DNC Race: Democrats Elect New Leader Saturday, NBC News (February 25, 2017).
- ↑ "'South Bend Mayor: Why coming out matters'". http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/south-bend-mayor-why-coming-out-matters/article_4dce0d12-1415-11e5-83c0-739eebd623ee.html. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- ↑ "'Pete Butigieg's announcement creates a buzz'". http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/pete-buttigieg-s-announcement-creates-a-buzz/article_57a803f7-3aeb-50d2-9904-b69039a07ade.html. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|