Mike Pence US Vice President
Born in Columbus Indiana, as one of six children, Michael R. Pence watched his mom and dad build everything that matters – a family, a business, and a good name. He was raised to believe in the importance of hard work, faith, and family.
Mike went on to attend Hanover College and Indiana University School of Law. After graduating, Vice President Pence practiced law, led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, and began hosting The Mike Pence Show, a syndicated talk radio show and a weekly television public affairs program in Indiana. Along the way, Mike married the love of his life, Karen, and they had three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey.
In 2000, he launched a successful bid for his local congressional seat, entering the United States House of Representatives at the age of 40. The people of East-Central Indiana elected Mike Pence six times to Congress before he left the nation’s capital when he was elected to become the 50th Governor of Indiana. On Capitol Hill, he had established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity, and the U.S. Constitution. As Governor, he continued with those convictions.
As Governor of Indiana, Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded Pre‑K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under his leadership, Indiana invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges. At the same time, he worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to pass two honestly balanced budgets that left the state with strong reserves and AAA credit ratings that were the envy of the nation.
It was Indiana’s success story, Vice President Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016.