Mike Pence is a native Indiana Hoosier who has dedicated his public service life to issues pertaining to fiscal responsibility, economic development and educational opportunity. He is a dedicated husband to Second Lady Karen Pence, and father to their three adult children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey. Vice President Pence most recently served as the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana before accepting the invitation from President Trump to serve as his running mate.
Vice President Pence was one of six children born to Edward and Nancy Pence. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hanover College in 1981 and a law degree from Indiana University in 1986. After working for the Indiana Policy Review Foundation he hosted The Mike Pence Show — a syndicated radio show that aired on 18 stations throughout Indiana.
Beginning in 2000, Vice President Pence was elected six times to represent the Sixth District of Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives where he championed legislation that promoted smaller government and economic growth for the nation. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership acumen and legislative accomplishments and unanimously elected him to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman and Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.
Since taking the oath as Indiana Governor in 2013, Pence achieved the largest tax cut in Indiana history while also lowering the business personal property tax and corporate income tax to strengthen the State’s competitive edge in attracting new investment and good-paying jobs. He expanded school choice, increased educational opportunity for families by signing into law the first State funding for pre-K education in Indiana, and addressed Indiana’s skills gap by making career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under his leadership, the State invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges in Indiana.
The Governor has worked with the Indiana General Assembly to craft an honestly balanced budget that maintains strong reserves for the State and continues to generate a surplus. This fiscal discipline has helped Indiana maintain its AAA credit rating and earn a global reputation as a great place to do business.
As Governor, Vice President Pence managed a State employee workforce of approximately 28,000 and a State budget of $30.6 billion. He oversaw the duties of the executive branch as the State’s chief executive officer, recommended and reviewed legislation with members of the Indiana General Assembly, and served as the commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard.
A strong supporter of the military, Pence has made a priority of reducing veteran unemployment and, while in Congress, he visited Hoosier soldiers in Iraq and/or Afghanistan every year since hostilities began.