Who is Mike Pence?

2016 Republican VP
Governor Mike Pence
Donald Trump’s expected VP running mate, Mike Pence

Donald Trump has likely chosen Republican Mike Pence as his Vice President running mate. Here’s what you need to know about Mike Pence.

Quick Facts:

  • Michael Richard “Mike” Pence, born June 7, 1959
  • Family: wife Karen Pence, one son, two daughters
  • Religion: Evangelicalism
  • Attorney who graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1986
  • Served in the United States House of Representatives from 2001- 2013
  • Governor of Indiana since 2013
  • Ran against John Boehner in 2006 for the minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, lost by a large margin
  • In 2008, he was listed as one of the top ten legislators by Esquire Magazine
  • Has been listed as a potential running mate for both the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections
  • Part of the Tea Party Movement
  • S. House committee assignments have included: Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Africa, Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. (This experience is likely to help Trump’s short comings in foreign policy)
  • Supporter of earmark reform
    • Secured earmarks for the ‘Transit Acquisition and Intermodal Facility Project,’ construction of a park in Portland, inclusion in a bill for labor-health and human services
  • Co-sponsor of the 2011 spending limit amendment to the U.S. Constition
  • In support of increased border security, laws against hiring illegal immigrants and guest worker programs
  • Supported the Iraq Resolution
  • Opposes closing Guantanamo Bay detention camp
  • Has supported Israel on a number of occasions and considers them to be “America’s most cherished ally”
  • Is in opposition of LGBT rights, including same-sex marriage, civil unions, Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act, and aid money intended to go towards preventing the spread of the HIV virus
  • Is strongly against reproductive rights for women
  • May keep Trump in check! Pence has been vocal at saying Trump’s Muslim ban is a terrible idea

What do you think?  Is Mike Pence the right VP pick for Donald Trump?

How does Mike Pence fit into the Trump Brand?http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485982230/does-trump-s-business-prowess-mean-he-can-improve-the-u-s-economy