South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced this week that he will marry his longtime boyfriend, middle school teacher Chasten Glezman.
“He said yes!” wrote Buttigieg, 35, in a Facebook post. “Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with Chasten Glezman.”
Born in South Bend, Indiana’s fourth largest city with roughly 100,000 residents, Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes scholar, and a veteran Naval lieutenant who served in Afghanistan. He was elected mayor in 2011 and, despite governing as a progressive Democrat in a very red state, was reelected for a second term with an overwhelming 78% of the vote.
Buttigieg campaigned earlier this year for Chair of the Democratic National Committee but dropped out ahead of the vote.
The mayor has been mentioned as a potential Democratic candidate in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. He was profiled in a 2016 New York Times article titled “The First Gay President?”
“This is one of the most talented young leaders in the Democratic Party,” Obama strategist David Axelrod told the Times. “And he comes from the middle of the country, where the party needs to be strengthened.”
Buttigieg came out publicly as gay in an open letter printed in the South Bend Tribune in 2015, shortly before the Supreme Court’s ruling on federal marriage equality, making him Indiana’s first openly gay executive and the state’s highest elected official to come out.
“We Midwesterners are instinctively private to begin with, and I’m not used to viewing this as anyone else’s business,” Buttigieg wrote in the op-ed. “But it’s clear to me that at a moment like this, being more open about it could do some good.”
Even before Buttigieg came out, the Washington Post called him “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of.”