Pete Buttigieg Was Voted “Most Likely to Be President” in High School

Look back at the 2020 Democratic candidate's senior yearbook.

Senior superlatives are always prophetic, right?

ABC News has unearthed a copy of 2020 presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s 2000 yearbook from St. Joseph High School in South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg, then a senior, was presciently voted “Most Likely to Be President of the U.S.” He was also declared “Most Likely to Succeed” and became class valedictorian.

The Democratic hopeful’s other high school yearbooks, found at a South Bend public library, show his involvement in activities such as National Honor Society, Junior Leaders, and Philosophy Club.

Last weekend the 37-year-old South Bend mayor officially announced his bid to become the youngest and first openly gay president of the United States.

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Buttigieg married his longtime partner, teacher Chasten Glezman, last summer. During a January press conference, Buttigieg described his marriage as “the most important thing in my life.”

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.

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 that state’s highest elected official to come out.

The presidential hopeful has surged to third place in early Iowa and New Hampshire popularity polls of Democratic voters, behind Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

If Buttigieg wins the Democratic nomination, he would become the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party. Fred Karger’s bid for the 2012 Republican nomination made him the first openly gay major party presidential candidate.

Earlier this month at the LGBTQ Victory Fund National Champagne Brunch, Buttigieg said he wished the “Mike Pences of the world would understand that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me—your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.

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