The first openly gay member of the cabinet in the country's history shared a cute image on social media. The little ones are named Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg.
Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay cabinet member in U.S. history, and her husband Chasten Glezman Buttigieg introduced their twins on social media on Saturday after announcing in August that they had become parents without giving details.
A black and white photo, posted to Twitter and Instagram, shows the two men smiling, face to face, in what appears to be a hospital room, each with a baby wrapped in a patterned blanket.
"We are happy to embrace Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg into our family," wrote Pete Buttigieg. He was one of the stars of the Democratic primary for the 2020 presidential election.
"Chasten and I are beyond grateful for all the good wishes we have received since we announced that we became parents" August 17, the 39-year-old transportation secretary tweeted.
His message had received more than 200,000 "likes" by 20:00 GMT this Saturday.
"Chasten and I have long wanted to expand our family. So we are delighted to announce that we have become parents!" He had tweeted in August when announcing the news.
"The procedure is not yet complete, and we are grateful for the love, support, and respect for our privacy that you have given us. We hope to have more soon", he added.
Glezman Buttigieg shared the exact text on Instagram, along with a bottle emoticon.
The couple did not elaborate, but mentioning a "procedure" made many netizens think about adoption. Some responded to the tweet with congratulations and photos of their own with their children or adoptive relatives.
Pete Buttigieg was mayor of South Bend, a city in the state of Indiana.
Almost unknown to the general public, when he ran for the Democratic presidential primary in April 2019, this veteran of Afghanistan had a seasonal career.
In December 2020, President-elect Joe Biden nominated his longtime rival in the Democratic primary as Secretary of Transportation.
Buttigieg was a revelation in the electoral campaign, going from being the mayor of South Bend, a small town in Indiana, to a national media sensation, even though his campaign lost steam and withdrew before "Super Tuesday" to leave the freeway to Biden.
Known as "Mayor Pete," he made an impact on the campaign with his gifted student profile that combines his credentials as a veteran of the Afghanistan War with a groundbreaking style, which led him to openly present himself as gay when entering politics, after having kept his orientation a secret during his military period.
According to the Victory Institute, he is "the first openly LGBT person appointed to a permanent position in the presidential cabinet," according to the Victory Institute.
At the time of its nomination, the organization said, "Pete's nomination is a milestone in the decades-long struggle to ensure that the LGBT population is represented in our government and that its impact They will be far from the department they will lead.