Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the City of South Bend’s thirty-second mayor. He was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. In 2011, he was elected at age 29 with 74 percent of the vote to become the youngest mayor of a city with over 100,000 residents in the United States. He was re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote.
Under his leadership, South Bend has addressed its toughest challenges- seeing positive economic and population growth for the first time in decades and reimagining its role in the global economy with the development of key corridors.
In addition to his work as Mayor, Mayor Pete serves as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve. In 2014, he was actively deployed to Afghanistan for a seven-month tour of duty, returning in September. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, earning national praise for his “rhetorical gift, thanks to his red-state upbringing” and ability to “[sell] Democratic policy through a less partisan lens.”
Before public service, Mayor Pete worked for McKinsey & Company, a top consulting firm, where he was responsible for advising senior business and government leaders on major decisions related to economic development, energy policy, strategic business initiatives, and logistics.
A Rhodes Scholar, Mayor Pete studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard. The son of educators, he was born in South Bend and grew up in the Northwest Side and North Shore Triangle. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend.
An active musician, Mayor Pete plays piano and guitar, and has performed with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He lives in the same South Bend neighborhood where he grew up and is restoring a once-vacant home there.