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Mike Schmuhl Will Lead Indiana Democratic Party

Mar 22, 2021
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Former Buttigieg presidential campaign manager Mike Schmuhl is the new chair of the Indiana Democratic Party.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says an infrastructure plan expected soon from President Joe Biden will offer a “once in a century” opportunity to remake transportation in the United States, with cars and highways no longer king. Buttigieg made his comments at the South by Southwest conference in Texas. He compared the new possibility to the creation of an interstate highway under President Dwight Eisenhower in the 1950s and a transcontinental railroad under President Abraham Lincoln a century before that. He said the U.S.

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Former Pete Buttigieg presidential campaign manager Mike Schmuhl announced Wednesday he wants to be the Indiana Democratic Party’s next leader.

Buttigieg To Quarantine After Security Agent Gets COVID-19

Feb 9, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will quarantine for 14 days after a member of his security detail tested positive Monday for the coronavirus. The Transportation Department said in a statement Monday that the agent had been "in close contact" with Buttigieg including Monday morning prior to the agent's positive result. Buttigieg has since tested negative and has had no symptoms. According to the department, Buttigieg received the first dose of the vaccination in recent weeks, and will receive the second dose when his quarantine is completed.


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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Buttigieg, newly sworn in as transportation secretary, is urging his 55,000 employees to embrace “imaginative, bold, forward thinking” as the Transportation Department embarks on a vital mission to rebuild America’s infrastructure and foster equality. In an email message to employees, which was obtained by The Associated Press, Buttigieg said the department will continue to prioritize safety. But he says he looks forward to working with them to “break new ground” to help the economy rebuild, fight the climate crisis and and make sure "transportation is an engine for equity in this country.” Buttigieg, a 39-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was sworn in as transportation secretary Wednesday morning by Vice President Kamala Harris. 

Biden Pick For Transportation, Buttigieg, Advances In Senate

Jan 27, 2021
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has easily advanced President Joe Biden's nomination of Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary, setting up a final confirmation vote for a key role in Biden's push to rebuild the nation's infrastructure and confront climate change. The Commerce Committee approved the nomination of the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor on a 21-3 vote. Buttigieg's nomination heads to the full Senate, where a vote could happen this week. Buttigieg would be the first openly gay person confirmed by the Senate to a Cabinet post.

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At his Senate committee hearing on Thursday, former South Bend Mayor and U.S. Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg promised to work with Congress to rebuild the country’s infrastructure.

Improving safety, revitalizing the economy and reducing the impact of climate change are just a few of Buttigieg’s goals for the Department of Transportation.


Biden Cabinet: Buttigieg Urges Big Funds For Transportation

Jan 21, 2021
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On Dec. 16, President-elect Joe Biden chose former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to lead the federal Department of Transportation.

The transportation department manages the nation's roadways, railways, shipping and airlines. It's not the first federal department most citizens think of, but current South Bend Mayor James Mueller said it's the one with the most direct impact on people's daily lives.

From that perspective, he said it makes sense to appoint a local official to head the department.

BREAKING: Biden To Tap Buttigieg For Transportation Secretary

Dec 15, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to pick former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg to head the transportation department. That's according to three people familiar with the plans who spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday to avoid preempting the president-elect's announcement. The 38-year-old Buttigieg was one of Biden's rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. He was a breakout star of the primaries, sharing victory in the nation's first caucus with Bernie Sanders. He suspended his campaign before Super Tuesday and endorsed Biden.

Buttigieg Speaks On "Bridging The Divide"

Oct 22, 2020

As part of its Bridging the Divide series, the University of Notre Dame hosted a Q&A session Wednesday night between Notre Dame alum and senior NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg was a Democratic presidential candidate until he withdrew from the race on March 1, 2020, following some of the early caucuses and primaries.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gives an update to the common council on his administration's efforts to improve the relationship between the community and the police department.
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As part of its “Bridging the Divide” series, the University of Notre Dame hosted a Q&A session on Wednesday, Oct. 21, between Notre Dame alum and senior NBC News correspondent Anne Thompson and former South Bend mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. 

South Bend Mayor Marries Over The Weekend

Sep 28, 2020
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South Bend Mayor James Mueller and Kellye Mitros were wed on Saturday at Island Park at the Century Center, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg officiating according to a spokesman for the city.

The ceremony was small, with 20 immediate family members and four close friends in attendance.

The couple will have larger celebration and a honeymoon at a later date. The Mayor won’t be taking any time off this week as it’s currently budget season and there’s a Common Council meeting tonight. 

Pete Buttigieg Has A New Book Set For Fall, 'Trust'

Jul 8, 2020
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NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's next book has a unifying message. Liveright Publishing announced Wednesday that the former Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor had written "Trust: America's Best Chance," scheduled for release Oct. 6. Liveright says the book combines history and personal reflections in an "urgent and soul-searching" exploration into creating a stronger democracy. Buttigieg's previous book, the memoir "Shortest Way Home," was a bestseller which sold more than 100,000 copies.

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Notre Dame has announced that Pete Buttigieg will join the faculty as a fellow with ND's Institute for Advanced Study.

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Buttigieg Backing SBCSC Ballot Issues

May 16, 2020
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is encouraging South Bend voters to raise property taxes for school improvements and salary increases in the June 2 election. Voters are being asked two questions: $54 million to update safety and security, and an additional $20.8 million a year for eight years to pay for things like increased teacher salaries. Taxpayers would see an increase in property taxes of about 40 cents for every $100 of assessed value. Buttigieg says the plan will keep the district's progress moving.

When I was 16 and people with whom I agreed burned the flag, and people with whom I disagreed used the flag as a weapon, my dad said to me, “It’s our flag, too.”

If I had a tattoo, that’s what it would say, “It’s our flag, too.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has formally announced his endorsement of Joe Biden for the White House.

All IN: A Look Back On The Buttigieg Campaign

Mar 2, 2020
Peter Ringenberg

On Sunday morning Pete Buttigieg appeared on Meet the Press to talk about his strategy going into Super Tuesday. By the end of the day he had dropped out of the race. We talk to two reporters (WVPE's Jennifer Weingart and Jeff Parrott of the South Bend Tribune) who have covered Buttigieg to find out how his supporters are reacting, and how his experience as mayor of South Bend had an impact on his campaign.

We also talk to a public health expert to get an update on the coronavirus, and to help us identify misinformation about the outbreak.

Reaction From South Bend Following Buttigieg's Withdrawal From The Presidential Race

Mar 2, 2020
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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

“As he was speaking up there, I was suddenly really struck. A really capable, talented, thoughtful, dedicated candidate has dropped out of the race and it’s heartbreaking really,” Thomas says. 

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has suspended his campaign for president

Mar 2, 2020
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After finishing fourth in the South Carolina primary, Buttigieg came home to South Bend to an emotional and loud crowd to make his announcement Sunday night. 

He did not throw his support behind any other candidate, but instead called for unity in the party moving forward. 

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new Democratic president come January,” Buttigieg says.

At the announcement South Bend resident Tracey Thomas, and many others, said the announcement was a loss. 

Buttigieg Suspends Run For President

Mar 1, 2020
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BREAKING: Reports Indicate Buttigieg Will Suspend Campaign

Mar 1, 2020
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BREAKING: Multiple media outlets are reporting that Pete Buttigieg will suspend his campaign. He is reportedly returning to South Bend to make the official announcement at 8:30PM.

The Democratic presidential primary candidates are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis.


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NEW: A special prosecutor has announced that the white South Bend officer who shot and killed a black man in South Bend last summer will not be charged for the shooting. Special prosecutor Richard Hertel has announced that officer Ryan O’Neill will not be charged for shooting Eric Logan because the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the force was not justified. However, in a separate case, Hertel has announced that O’Neill is being charged with several charges related to allegations that he picked up a prostitute in May.  He was arrested and booked at the St. Joseph Co.

Buttigieg Resumes Campaigning In S.C. After Getting A Cold

Feb 28, 2020
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has resumed his whirlwind schedule after taking a half-day to rest after getting hit with a bad cold.

Buttigieg appeared Thursday at a panel discussion with black leaders in Greenville, South Carolina, about racial health care disparities.

He drew laughs when he said after coughing, “Excuse me, I've had my own health moment.”

He is still a bit hoarse. But with a bit more color in his cheeks than the day before, Buttigieg is starting the windup to Saturday's South Carolina primary.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is bracing his supporters for a difficult stretch, with the sobering assertion that front-runner Bernie Sanders will likely emerge from next week's Super Tuesday contests well ahead in the race for delegates.

It comes as the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor prepares for the uncertainty of Saturday's South Carolina primary.


Democratic presidential hopefuls are on stage in South Carolina ahead of that state’s primary. The candidates’ battle follows Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wins in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucuses. Follow NPR’s live fact checks and analysis of their remarks.


Buttigieg Questions 3rd Place Finish In Nevada, Cites Errors

Feb 23, 2020
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Buttigieg's campaign has questioned his third-place finish in Nevada's caucuses and called for the state's Democratic party to release a more detailed breakdown of votes and address reports of more than 200 problems allocating votes in Saturday's caucuses.