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.
During Mayor Pete's time as mayor, South Bend has seen positive economic growth, the city has tackled the blight of abandoned housing in its neighborhoods, and the community is reimagining downtown and the development of key corridors. The administration has also deployed technology to improve city services and save taxpayer dollars, namely through the creation of a 311 service line. On a financial level, the city's finances remain among the strongest in the state.
In 2013, he was named national Mayor of the Year by GovFresh.com, sharing the honor with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Washington Post has called him, "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of."
In addition to his duties 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 his absence, Mayor Pete designated Mark Neal, the city's former controller, to serve as deputy mayor.
Mayor Pete is also President of the Indiana Urban Mayors Caucus, and serves on the boards of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns and the Truman National Security Project.
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.