South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced he has launched a presidential exploratory committee. The Democrat, who is in his eighth and final year as mayor, served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve and ran in 2017 for Democratic National Committee chair.
Buttigieg was elected mayor in 2011 and re-elected in 2015. In December, he announced he would not seek a third term. At the time, he would not comment on a possible presidential bid, but said he would continue working through his second term "to accomplish our mission to deliver services that empower everyone to thrive."
The Rhodes Scholar and Harvard University graduate also chairs the "Automation and the Impacts on America’s Cities" task force for the United States Conference of Mayors.