Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, officially launched his Democratic presidential race last week and was largely unknown over a month ago.
Buttigieg, who served as a naval officer in Afghanistan, would be the youngest and first married gay president if elected. He would also be the first candidate to go from the mayor’s office to the presidency.
He’s taking the stage now. Here’s what we know about him:
- Buttigieg oversees a city: He’s been mayor of South Bend since January 2012. In December, however, Buttigieg announced he would not seek a third term.
- He’s the fastest-rising Democratic candidate: A series of polls show Buttigieg’s popularity rising among voters, a far cry from when he was receiving less than 1% of support in some polls months ago.
- What he thinks about President Trump: He cast Trump as a backward-looking politician who has looked to use fear as a way to gain power.
- How to pronounce Buttigieg’s name: Buttigieg can be pronounced “boot-edge-edge,” “buddha-judge,” “boot-a-judge” or “boo-tuh-judge.” Buttigieg’s father, Joseph, emigrated to the United States from Malta. Buttigieg roughly translates to “lord of the poultry.”
- His 2020 platform: The mayor has called for sweeping Democratic reforms on voting and in the judicial system, called climate change “a life and death issue for our generation” and said he wants to make sure every American has access to Medicare.
You can watch Mayor Buttigieg’s town hall in the video player above.