WASHINGTON — In the early 2000s, Elise Stefanik and Pete Buttigieg were pals at Harvard University with shared political ambitions. Now, she’s a prominent Republican congresswoman and he’s seeking the Democratic nomination for president.
The pair have kept in touch since their days at Harvard, although politics have drawn them to different sides of the aisle. Both have made a mark on their parties at a young age.
Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, said she has not spoken to Buttigieg since he started his 2020 campaign. But Buttigieg did visit Stefanik at her office at the U.S. Capitol once since she assumed office in 2015.
“We were friends in college,” she said.
Both Buttigieg, 37, and Stefanik, 35, participated in Harvard’s Institute of Politics Student Advisory Council. While at Harvard, they also worked together on a national polling project on the views of politics and public service of college students.
They went out for coffee at least once while on campus, a spokewoman for Stefanik confirmed.
The mayor of South Bend, Ind., Buttigieg graduated from Harvard in 2004 as a history and literature major. Stefanik graduated with honors in 2006 after studying government.
In 2002, he was president of the Student Advisory Council — a distinguished role on campus …read more
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