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Mike Pence
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50th Governor of Indiana
Assumed office
January 14, 2013
Lieutenant Sue Ellspermann
Eric Holcomb
Preceded by Mitch Daniels
Chairman of the House Republican Conference
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Adam Putnam
Succeeded by Jeb Hensarling
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Dan Burton
Succeeded by Luke Messer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by David McIntosh
Succeeded by Chris Chocola
Personal details
Born Michael Richard Pence
June 7, 1959 (age 57)
Columbus, Indiana, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouseasleep/moon Karen Pence (m. 1985–present)
Children 3
Residence Governor's Residence
Alma mater Hanover College
Indiana University, Indianapolis
Website Gubernatorial website
Trump-Pence campaign site
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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and attorney serving as the 50th Governor of Indiana. A Republican, Pence was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2000 and is the nominee of his party for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election.

Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the McKinney School of Law before entering private practice. After losing two bids for a U.S. congressional seat in 1988 and 1990, he became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999. Pence successfully ran for Congress in 2000 and represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district and Indiana's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013, rising to the position of chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.[1] Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue and supporter of the Tea Party movement, noting he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."[2][3][4]

In 2012 Pence was elected the 50th Governor of Indiana. He successfully advocated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history, pushed for more funding for education initiatives, and continued to grow the state's budget surplus. However, he also stirred several high-profile controversies. After signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Pence encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBT advocates. Ultimately, he was forced to neuter the law.[clarification needed] Pence also signed a bill that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus' race, gender, or disability.

In the midst of his re-election campaign for governor, Pence dropped out in July 2016 to become the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.