U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, has endorsed South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for president, Buttigieg's campaign announced Monday.
"For decades, I’ve worked alongside the labor community to ensure that Hoosier families could get a fair shake. With labor rights under assault across the country, we need a leader who views fair wages and safe working conditions as key to the economic success of this nation," Visclosky said in a statement.
"I’ve known Mayor Pete Buttigieg for nearly a decade. I’ve seen him stand with organized labor and have admired his successful record of creating economic opportunities for working families against great odds," Visclosky said.
"We deserve a president who has not only fought for our country but who will continue to fight for an economy that works for everyone. Pete has seen firsthand what corporate recklessness can do to American families and I’m confident he can usher in a new era of economic success,” the Merrillville resident said.
Buttigieg has been running fourth among Democratic presidential contenders in national polling, behind former vice president Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But Buttigieg led a recent poll in early-caucus state Iowa and another in early-primary state New Hampshire