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Mike Pence Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Richard Pence
Birth Place:
Columbus, Indiana, United States
Profession
Politician

Fast Facts

  • Named in honor of his grandfather, who emigrated to the U
  • S
  • from Ireland (and came through Ellis Island) in 1923
  • Worked as a youth coordinator for the Bartholomew County (Ind
  • ) Democrats
  • It wasn't until the early 1980s that he became a Republican
  • Served as the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity chapter president while attending Hanover College
  • Ran for Congress in 1988 and '90, but lost both races
  • After the 1990 campaign, which was particularly nasty, he swore off negative personal attacks
  • Hosted a talk-radio show in Indiana during the 1990s
  • Was elected to the House of Representatives in 2001, a position he held until 2012
  • Became governor of Indiana in 2012
  • Announced as Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 Presidential election

Relationships

  • Audrey Pence -- Daughter
  • Charlotte Pence -- Daughter
  • Edward J. Pence Jr. -- Father
  • Nancy Jane Pence -- Mother
  • Michael Pence -- Son
  • Karen Pence -- Wife