Self-awareness - Dreams, Decency, Dignity, & Diligence
Our guest, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, is the City of South Bend's thirty-second mayor. He was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. 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. 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. For his counter-terrorism work, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayor Pete studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford and holds a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard. 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. He has been re-elected to a second term as Mayor of the City of South Bend.