First secretary of the openly gay US government, the responsible for the area of transport of the Biden administration, Pete Buttigieg, announced with her husband the arrival of their twin children this Saturday (4).
“We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg into our family,” she wrote in a post accompanied by a photo in which she appears with her husband, Chasten Glezman Buttigieg.
Nicknamed “Mayor Pete,” Buttigieg ruled Indiana’s 100,000-strong South Bend city from 2012 to 2020. During his term, the Democrat was the target of criticism for the lack of police diversity and the death of one black resident , shot by a policeman. Before that, he graduated in history and literature at Harvard and earned a master’s degree in economics, political science and philosophy at Oxford.
In 2009, he became a naval intelligence officer in the Navy and was sent to Afghanistan for seven months in 2014. But Buttigieg came to gain prominence by running in the Democratic primaries in the last race for the US Presidency, which had Joe Biden as the winner .
On that occasion, Buttigieg decided to break the traditions of the Democratic Party with complexity and originality. He, who is a Christian, made religion one of the main themes of the campaign that tried to get him to the White House as the first openly gay candidate in the history of the United States.
During the campaign, her husband, Chasten, participated in some events, which drew criticism from supporters of the then US president, Donald Trump. Republican allies have questioned whether Americans are prepared for a gay candidate who kisses her husband on stage.
“I am married, in a relationship of fidelity, love and commitment. I am proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg, now 39, told American TV at the time. “America has already advanced. We need a policy of belonging that welcomes everyone.”