Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He was first elected mayor in 2011 at only 29 years old, and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote. Over the seven years that he has been mayor, South Bend went from being called one of America’s ten dying communities by Newsweek to seeing its fastest pace of population and investment growth in recent memory.
Mayor Pete served as a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave during his mayoral term in 2014 for a deployment to Afghanistan. For his counterterrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
In 2017, he ran for Democratic National Committee chair, earning national praise for his clear message and emphasis on rebuilding the Democratic Party from the ground up in every community. He currently serves as the chair of “Automation and the Impacts on America’s Cities” task force at the United States Conference of Mayors. The task force is examining how automation is shaping the economies of communities across America.