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Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business and policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013. Most recently, Governor Pence served his fellow Hoosiers in Congress, representing more than 650,000 residents of 19 counties in eastern Indiana.
First elected in 2000 and earning a sixth term in 2010, he brought his Hoosier sensibility to the table and quickly established a record of serving his constituents and championing fiscal responsibility, smaller government and economic growth- skills and values he has brought with him to state government service. In Congress, Pence served on the House Judiciary, Foreign Affairs and Agriculture and Small Business Committees. He maintained a 95 percent voting record, opposed runaway federal spending by both political parties and worked toward tax relief for Hoosier families, farmers and small businesses.
Pence’s leadership and legislative accomplishments resulted in him being elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve as House Republican Conference Chairman and Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and earned him recognition as one of the hardest-working members of Congress. A strong supporter of the military, Pence visited Hoosier soldiers in Iraq and/or Afghanistan every year during his time in Congress since hostilities started in the Middle East. From soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines aboard aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf to bases in Kabul and Baghdad and beyond, he has made visiting Indiana men and women in uniform who sacrifice to maintain our freedom a high priority. Prior to his service in Congress, Pence served as president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and host of “The Mike Pence Show,” a radio program that was broadcast across the state.
Pence was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, graduated from Columbus North High School, went on to graduate from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1986. Governor Pence and his wife Karen have been married for 27 years, call Columbus home, and currently live in the governor’s residence. They have three children, Michael, Charlotte and Audrey. Karen, a graduate of Butler University, spent her career as an elementary art school teacher and is the Honorary Chairwoman of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.