Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes Scholar, and a Navy veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan. As for why he wants to lead the Democratic Party, he said, "I can’t think of something more meaningful than organizing the opposition in the face of what I think will be a pretty monstrous presidency and challenging time out here in the states."
Whatever the outcome of the DNC race, Buttigieg is definitely a face to watch. Indeed, even the New York Times has speculated that he might be American's first gay President (link here).
Indiana certainly is a study in contrasts. On one hand, you have the rabidly homophobic governor who is soon to be the Vice President. And on the other hand, you have an openly gay major from one of Indiana's largest cities. Pence is the past; Buttigieg is the future.