Pete Buttigieg is the mayor of the South Bend, Ind. He joined the presidential race on Jan. 23.
Buttigieg, 37, is in his eighth year as mayor. He was first elected in 2011 at only 29 years old, and re-elected in 2015 with 80 percent of the vote.
According to his campaign, his key focus as mayor has been on job growth and major investment in advanced industries like data and technology.
Buttigieg served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave during his mayoral term for a deployment to Afghanistan, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
He has said he wants to rebuild the Democratic Party "from the ground up." He currently serves as the chair of the “Automation and the Impacts on America’s Cities” task force at the United States Conference of Mayors.
A Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and graduate of Harvard, he lives with his husband Chasten in the same South Bend neighborhood where he grew up. The South Bend Tribune reported that Buttigieg was the youngest mayor of a U.S. city of more than 100,000 people and the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana.