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United States of America — Democratic PartyCandidate for President

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Pete Buttigieg

Former Mayor of South Bend, IN
249,256 votes (4.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reach universal health coverage by ensuring that all Americans have an affordable insurance option through my Medicare For All Who Want It plan.
  • Tackle the climate crisis by building a clean economy, investing in community resilience and environmental justice, and taking leadership to make this issue a global priority.
  • Build an economy that works for everyone by raising incomes and addressing income inequality, empowering workers to bargain for better pay and working conditions, and closing the gender pay gap.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Former Mayor of South Bend, IN
Mayor, South Bend, Indiana — Elected position (2012–2020)

Education

Oxford University B.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Economics as a Rhodes Scholar (2007)
Harvard University B.A., History and Literature (2004)

Community Activities

Member at Large, Indiana Chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (not availa–not availa)
Former Board Member, Truman National Security Project (not availa–not availa)
Former Board Member, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (not availa–not availa)
Former Board Member, United States Conference of Mayors (not availa–not availa)
Worshipper, Cathedral of Saint James Episcopalian Church (not availa–current)

Biography

Pete is the son of Joseph Buttigieg, a first-generation immigrant from Malta, and Anne Montgomery, a fifth-generation Hoosier. They raised him in South Bend, Indiana, in the same neighborhood where he lives today with his husband, Chasten, and their rescue dogs, Buddy and Truman.

South Bend was once home to Studebaker, one of the largest car manufacturers in America. Like many other Americans in the industrial Midwest, Pete grew up surrounded by empty factories and abandoned houses, hearing that the only way to a good life was to get out.

Leaving for college, Pete found himself part of a generation that came of age with school shootings, the generation that provided the majority of the troops in the conflicts after 9/11, the generation that is on the business end of climate change, and the generation that—unless we take action—stands to be the first to be worse off economically than their parents.

Pete knew his heart was in public service and came home to help his hometown bounce back. In 2011, Pete ran for and was elected Mayor of South Bend on a promise to bring the city back with a new approach to politics and new ideas.

As mayor, Pete worked across the aisle to transform South Bend into a 21st-century city and improve people’s everyday lives. Household income rose by 31 percent. Poverty fell by a third, and unemployment reached its lowest rate in two decades. The city launched a tech education center and brought nearly $400 million in private investment to downtown.

At the same time, Pete worked to build a South Bend community where every resident could feel safe and included. His first-of-its-kind municipal identification cards for undocumented immigrants brought residents out of the shadows, while a small business incubator established in a historically-Black neighborhood worked to expand opportunity. And while South Bend’s turnaround continues, the people of South Bend have come to believe in their city once more.

During his first term as mayor, Pete took a leave of absence to deploy to Afghanistan. As a Lieutenant in the Navy, Pete served with Americans from every part of the country, of every ethnicity and faith. He saw firsthand that when you bring Americans from different backgrounds together in common purpose, you can build the strongest fighting force in the world. And that’s exactly what we need now.

From stagnant wages to climate change, from the rise of gun violence and white nationalism, we are facing urgent national crises.

Pete knows the answers won’t come from Washington, but rather to Washington. As a mayor, he knows good politics is based in helping people, not in advancing an ideological agenda. As a veteran, he understands when we bring Americans together we can do anything. And as president, Pete will bring a new kind of politics to Washington -- one that will turn the page on politics of division and rally Americans together behind bold ideas so we can finally solve our greatest problems.

 

This election will decide who will lead us on the day after the current administration leaves office. We will choose whether we have leadership that offers more of the same endless partisan battles or turns the page. Pete will be a president ready to pick up the pieces of our divided nation, gather up an American majority that is hungry for change, and act to ensure that our future is better than our past.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Pete Buttigieg:

As President, I will roll back the current administration's tax cuts for the wealthy and biggest corporations. One of the methods I will also use to repair and support our nation’s infrastructure is public financing approaches that empower communities. As shared in my infrastructure plan (https://peteforamerica.com/policies/infrastructure/), I will update financing mechanisms to ensure that local and state governments can fund projects that benefit their residents. I will preserve low-cost, tax-exempt municipal bond financing and offer Climate Action Bonds, described in my climate plan (https://peteforamerica.com/policies/climate/), to incentivize the use of best-available climate science for long-term water infrastructure financing. My administration will also promote innovative financing approaches, where appropriate, that lower the lifecycle costs of infrastructure, not just construction costs. We will prioritize public accountability and oversight for all projects.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Pete Buttigieg:

My Medicare for All Who Want It plan provides an affordable public option on the health insurance marketplace, which will incentivize corporate insurers to compete on price and provide universal access to health care for all. I will also increase financial assistance for lower-income people and extend subsidy eligibility to more middle-income people who are purchasing plans on the insurance exchanges. 


In addition, I will protect women’s health and advance choice, make a $300 billion investment in combating mental illness and addiction through my Mental Health plan, and make prescription drugs more affordable through my Drug Pricing plan. I am committed to making long-term care more affordable through a historic new long-term care program, and released a Health Equity plan to share my vision for achieving health equity for all communities.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the President.
Answer from Pete Buttigieg:

 We must create a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 11 million undocumented people living in the United States, including Dreamers, TPS and DED holders. This is something the vast majority of Americans agree should happen, but because politicians in Washington have focused more on fighting with each other than fighting to make the lives of millions of people better, it has not gotten done. To read my full immigration plan, please visit this page.

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