Here’s a glimpse into the life of Mike Pence, the 48th Vice President of the United States.
Birthday date: June 7, 1959
Birth place: Columbus, Indiana
Birth name: Michael Richard Pence
Father: Edward Pence, gas station owner
Mother: Nancy Pence-Fritsch
Marriage: Karen Pence (1985-present)
Kids: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey
Education: Hanover College (Indiana), BA, 1981; Indiana University School of Law, JD, 1986
Religion: Evangelical Christian
After two unsuccessful congressional runs, Pence wrote an essay, “Confessions of a Negative Campaigner.” In the 1991 piece, he pledged not to use offensive language or on-air ads to disparage opponents.
At the 2010 Value Voter Summit, Pence took the stage and said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.”
Pence was a Democrat in his teens. He has said he voted for Jimmy Carter in the 1980 election, not Ronald Reagan.
Pence’s Irish grandfather immigrated to Ellis Island in 1923.
1991-1993 – Chair of the conservative think tank Indiana Policy Review Foundation.
1992-1999 – He hosts a radio talk show called “The Mike Pence Show”. The show is syndicated to 18 stations in Indiana.
2000 – He is elected to the US House of Representatives from Indiana’s 2nd District.
2002 – He is elected to the US House of Representatives for the 6th District of Indiana. The neighborhood was counted again in 2002. He was re-elected in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.
2009-2011 – He is the president of the Republican Conference.
2012 – He is elected governor of Indiana. His campaign includes a public road trip across the state called the “Big Red Truck Tour.”
January 2015 – He announces plans to launch a state-run news channel called “Just IN”, then abandons them.
January 27, 2015 – Gets approval for a state plan for Medicaid expansion, “Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0.”
March 26, 2015 – Pence signs the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which prohibits local governments from intervening when businesses turn away customers on religious grounds. The law raises concerns about discrimination, particularly in the LGBTQ community. After the law was passed, a wave of boycotts and demands swept the state, with companies like Apple and organizations like the NCAA criticizing the bill and threatening to reconsider future business opportunities in Indiana.
April 2, 2015 – Pence signs new version of RFRA banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.
July 15, 2016 – Presidential candidate Donald Trump has tweeted that he has chosen Pence to be his running mate. The formal announcement will be made on July 16.
November 8, 2016 – He is the elected Vice President of the United States.
January 20, 2017 – He was sworn in as Vice President of the United States.
January 27, 2017 – Pence speaks at the March for Life, an anti-abortion rally in Washington. He is the first vice president to address the annual event.
February 7, 2017 – He casts a tie-breaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next education secretary. This is the first time a vice president has had to vote to decide on a cabinet appointment.
February 18, 2017 – In a speech at the Munich Security Conference, Pence said the United States would hold Russia accountable for the attacks even as the Trump administration seeks to forge stronger ties with Moscow. The Vice President also says that the United States “strongly supports NATO and will remain steadfast in its commitment to our transatlantic alliance.” Pence adds a caveat, saying NATO member nations should increase defense spending.
March 2, 2017 – The Indianapolis Star reports that while governor of Indiana, Pence used a private email account to conduct some state business and was hacked. The Indiana Code of Ethics does not address the use of personal emails by officials. Pence also had a state-issued email address. Pence says there is “no comparison” between his situation and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
August 9, 2018 – In a speech to the US military and civilian workforce, Pence calls for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020. Pence also announces immediate steps to reform how the Defense Department approaches space.
January 16, 2019 – At the Global Chiefs of Mission conference, Pence declared that “the caliphate has been broken and ISIS has been defeated.” Hours earlier, the US-led coalition confirmed that American troops had been killed in an explosion in Manbij, an attack claimed by ISIS.
May 30, 2019 – In talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada, Pence says he is “very proud to be part of a pro-life administration and is concerned about what he calls ‘the Democratic Party of our country and leaders across the country’ in favor of late-term abortion, even infanticide.”
February 26, 2020 – Trump puts Pence in charge of the US government’s response to the novel coronavirus amid growing criticism of the White House’s handling of the outbreak.
April 28, 2020 – Pence visits the Mayo Clinic without a face mask, defying the facility’s current policy requiring the use of protective masks at all times. Later, Pence says he should have worn a mask during his visit.
November 7, 2020 – After the November 3 presidential election, CNN projects that Trump and Pence lost to former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.
April 7, 2021 – Pence announces the launch of a new political advocacy group, “Advancing American Freedom.” The group’s stated goal is to “promote the pro-liberty policies of the past four years that have created unprecedented prosperity at home and restored respect for America abroad, defend those policies from liberal attacks and media distortions, and establish the radical Left.” A policy agenda that would threaten America’s liberties,” according to a statement from the group. On the same day, the publishing house Simon & Schuster has announced that it will publish Pence’s autobiography.
April 14, 2021 – Pence undergoes surgery to implant a pacemaker to help combat his slow heart rate.
November 14, 2022 – In an interview with ABC’s David Muir, Pence says “America will have a better chance in the future” than Trump as president in 2024, and admits he’s considering running himself.
November 15, 2022 – Pence’s new memoir, “So Help Me God,” has been published. The book includes Pence’s recollections of his experience in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol.