Buttigieg lands 'First Family' cover on Time magazine

Buttigieg lands 'First Family' cover on Time magazine
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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE (D) and his husband have landed the latest cover of Time magazine amid growing momentum behind the presidential candidate's campaign. 

The cover, which is headlined "First Family: The unlikely, untested and unprecedented campaign of Mayor Pete Buttigieg," comes weeks after Buttigieg officially launched his candidacy for the White House.

Buttigieg has risen in recent polls and attracted the attention of a number of big-name donors after being virtually unknown nationally upon entering a crowded Democratic primary field.

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He is married to Chasten Buttigieg, 29, a former junior high teacher who now serves as an adviser and campaign spokesman to his husband, an Afghan War veteran and Rhodes scholar.

Chasten Buttigieg later tweeted about the magazine cover, writing, "11 years ago, when I came out, I didn’t think there was a place for me in this world. 10 months ago we said 'I do.' 1 month ago we said 'let’s do this.' Today:" followed by a picture of the cover.

The Buttigiegs met on a dating app in 2015 and were married last year. Their marriage came three years after a Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriages.

"Buttigieg is a gay Episcopalian veteran in a party torn between identity politics and heartland appeals," Time noted. "He’s also a fresh face in a year when millennials are poised to become the largest eligible voting bloc. Many Democrats are hungry for generational change, and the two front runners are more than twice his age."

Buttigieg has come third to fellow 2020 contenders former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 2020 Dems put spotlight on disabilities issues Lee, Sanders introduce bill to tax Wall Street transactions MORE (I-Vt.) in several polls, both of whom are roughly 40 years the Indianan's senior.