Pete Buttigieg, husband introduces his 2 new infants in a household picture
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who made history as the first openly gay cabinet member to be ratified by the Senate, and husband Chasten Buttigieg are officially two-time fathers.
After the former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana announced last month that the two were expanding their families, they officially introduced the couple’s new babies and each shared a black and white photo on social media. Photo of him and his husband cradling a newborn baby in a hospital bed.
“Chasten and I are infinitely grateful for all the dear wishes since we first shared the news that we were going to be parents,” said Pete Buttigieg on Twitter. “We are delighted to have Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg in our family.”
Pete Buttigieg, 39, said in a Twitter post last month that he and his husband wanted to grow their family “for some time” and that they would “soon share more” when they become parents.
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The couple married in 2018. In a July interview with the Washington Post, Chasten Buttigieg, 32, shared her experience of being on adoption waiting lists for babies that have been abandoned or given up on short notice. He told the newspaper that they had been trying to adopt for a year and had several close calls.
PHOTO: Pete Buttigieg and Chasten Buttigieg pose backstage at the Barrymore Theater in New York on March 8, 2020. (Wireimage via Getty Images, FILE)
“It’s a really strange cycle of anger, frustration and hope,” he said in an interview. “You think it’s finally happening and you’re so excited and then it’s gone.”
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When answering questions about his views on paid family vacation as part of the April 2019 election campaign, Pete Buttigieg also spoke about his desire to have children.
“We hope to have a little one soon, so I have a personal stake in this one too,” he said at a rally. “We should have paid parental leave and found a way to get paid leave for anyone who needs care.”
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Pete Buttigieg has yet to announce his plans for paternity leave.
ABC News’ Morgan Gstalter contributed to this report.
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