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Who is Chasten Glezman? Meet transport secretary Pete Buttigieg's husband

Olivia Olphin December 16, 2020
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As his cabinet continues to expand, Joe Biden has just announced that his choice for transport secretary is former rival for the presidency Pete Buttigieg. This would make him the first openly gay cabinet member in US history. Let’s meet Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Glezman.

Who is Pete Buttigieg?

Pete Buttigieg was born on 19 January 1982 and is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, having been elected to the position in 2012.

Buttigieg obtained his BA in history and literature at Harvard University and then attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar studying philosophy, politics and economics.

This year, Buttigieg ran for the Democratic presidential nomination but left the running in March and endorsed Biden.

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Joe Biden said that Buttigieg is a “barrier-breaking public servant from the industrial Midwest with a track record of trailblazing, forward-thinking executive leadership.”

Before embarking on a political career, Buttigieg was a US Navy Reserve intelligence officer. He was also a civilian contractor for McKinsey & Company.

He said about living openly as a gay man: “After coming home safe from Afghanistan, I realised that every day is a gift— and that it made no sense to remain so trapped by expectations that I might go to my grave with no idea what it was like to be in love.”

Meet Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Glezman

Chasten Glezman, who now goes by Chasten Buttigieg, is a humanities and drama teacher. He used to work at a junior high school called Montessori Academy in Mishawaka, Indiana.

He achieved his BA from the University of Wisconsin and his MA in education from DePauls University. During Pete’s presidential campaign, he took time off from teaching to support him.

Chasten has also written a memoir called I Have Something To Tell You which is a New York Times best seller.

Chasten has tweeted his support for his husband on Twitter, but also took the chance to highlight the historic injustices faced by gay people employed by the government.

How did Pete and Chasten Buttigieg meet?

The couple first started talking on the dating app Hinge. They had their first in-person date at Fiddler’s Hearth pub in South Bend but had had a couple of FaceTime dates before this.

The couple were married on 16 June 2018 and this year they celebrated the 5-year anniversary of when they first met.

The pair have two rescue dogs together – Truman and Buddy.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.