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Michael Richard Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and lawyer serving as the 48th and current Vice President of the United States, since January 20, 2017. He previously was the 50th Governor of Indiana
Governor of Indiana
from 2013 to 2017 and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana
Indiana
University Robert H. 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 was elected to the United States Congress
United States Congress
in 2000 and represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district
Indiana's 2nd congressional district
and Indiana's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. He served as the chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.[2] Pence positioned himself as a "principled conservative" and supporter of the Tea Party movement,[3] stating that he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."[4] Upon becoming Governor of Indiana
Governor of Indiana
in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history and pushed for more funding for education initiatives. Pence signed bills intended to restrict abortions, including one that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus's race, gender, or disability.[5] After Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, he encountered fierce resistance from moderate members of his party, the business community, and LGBT
LGBT
advocates. Shortly thereafter, he signed legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and other criteria. On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected as Vice President, after he dropped out of his gubernatorial reelection campaign in July to become the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who went on to win the presidential election.

Contents

1 Early life and career 2 House of Representatives (2001–2013) 3 Governor of Indiana
Governor of Indiana
(2013–2017)

3.1 2012 election 3.2 Fiscal and economic policy 3.3 Education 3.4 Energy and environment 3.5 Gun policy 3.6 Public health 3.7 Religion and LGBT
LGBT
rights 3.8 Abortion 3.9 Media and the press 3.10 Syrian refugee crisis 3.11 Public-records requests and use of private email 3.12 Re-election campaign and withdrawal

4 2016 vice presidential campaign 5 Vice President of the United States
Vice President of the United States
(2017–present)

5.1 Inauguration 5.2 Vice presidency

5.2.1 Political action committee

6 Political stances

6.1 Abortion, sex education, and stem cell research 6.2 LGBT
LGBT
rights 6.3 Economic policy 6.4 Health care 6.5 Immigration 6.6 Social Security 6.7 Patriot Act 6.8 International trade 6.9 Foreign policy 6.10 Climate
Climate
change 6.11 Crime and illegal drugs 6.12 Gambling 6.13 Campaign finance

7 Personal life 8 Electoral history

8.1 House of Representatives

8.1.1 1988 8.1.2 1990 8.1.3 2000 8.1.4 2002 8.1.5 2004 8.1.6 2006 8.1.7 2008 8.1.8 2010

8.2 Governor of Indiana

8.2.1 2012 8.2.2 2016

8.3 Vice President of the United States

9 References 10 External links

10.1 Articles 10.2 Congress

Early life and career Michael Richard "Mike" Pence was born June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana, one of six children of Nancy Jane (née Cawley) and Edward Joseph Pence Jr. (1929–1988),[6][7] who ran a group of gas stations.[8][9] His father served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the Bronze Star in 1953, which Pence displays in his office along with its commendation letter and a reception photograph.[10] His family were Irish Catholic
Irish Catholic
Democrats.[11] Pence was named after his grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley, who emigrated from County Sligo, Ireland, to the United States through Ellis Island, following an aunt and his brother James, and became a bus driver in Chicago, Illinois.[12][13][14][15] His maternal grandmother's parents were from Doonbeg, County Clare.[16][17] Pence graduated from Columbus North High School in 1977. He earned a BA degree in history from Hanover College
Hanover College
in 1981, and a JD degree from the Indiana
Indiana
University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis
Indianapolis
in 1986.[18] While at Hanover, Pence joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, where he became the chapter president.[19] After graduating from Hanover, Pence was an admissions counselor at the college from 1981 to 1983.[20] In his childhood and early adulthood, Pence was a Roman Catholic
Roman Catholic
and a Democrat. He volunteered for the Bartholomew County Democratic Party in 1976 and voted for Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
in the 1980 presidential election,[14][1] and has stated that he was originally inspired to get involved in politics by people such as John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
and Martin Luther King Jr.[1] While in college, Pence became an evangelical, born-again Christian, to the great disappointment of his mother.[1][14] His political views also started shifting to the right during this time in his life, something which Pence attributes to the "common-sense conservatism of Ronald Reagan" that he began to identify with.[1][21]

Pence meeting President Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan
at the White House
White House
in 1988

After graduating from law school in 1986, Pence was an attorney in private practice.[22] He ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in 1988 and in 1990. In 1991, he became the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a self-described free-market think tank and a member of the State Policy Network.[23][24] Pence left the Indiana
Indiana
Policy Review Foundation in 1993, a year after beginning to host The Mike Pence
Mike Pence
Show, a talk radio program based in WRCR-FM in Rushville, Indiana.[25][26] Pence called himself "Rush Limbaugh on decaf" since he considered himself politically conservative while not as outspoken as Limbaugh.[27] The show was syndicated by Network Indiana
Indiana
and aired weekdays 9 a.m. to noon (ET) on 18 stations throughout the state, including WIBC in Indianapolis.[25] From 1995 to 1999, Pence also hosted a weekend political talk show from Indianapolis.[28][29] House of Representatives (2001–2013) In 1988, Pence ran for Congress against Democratic incumbent Phil Sharp, but lost.[30] He ran against Sharp again in 1990, quitting his job in order to work full-time in the campaign, but once again was unsuccessful.[30] During the race, Pence used "political donations to pay the mortgage on his house, his personal credit card bill, groceries, golf tournament fees and car payments for his wife."[31] While the spending was not illegal at the time, it reportedly undermined his campaign.[31]

Pence as a U.S. Congressman, 2010

During the 1990 campaign, Pence ran a television advertisement in which an actor, dressed in a robe and headdress and speaking in a thick Middle Eastern accent, thanked his opponent, Sharp, for doing nothing to wean the United States off imported oil as chairman of a House subcommittee on energy and power.[31][32] In response to criticism, Pence's campaign responded that the ad was not about Arabs; rather, it concerned Sharp's lack of leadership.[31][32] In 1991, Pence wrote an essay, "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner", published in the Indiana
Indiana
Policy Review, in which he apologized for running negative ads against Sharp.[27][31][33] Mike Pence
Mike Pence
rejuvenated his political career by running for the U.S. House of Representatives again in 2000, this time winning the seat in Indiana's 2nd congressional district
Indiana's 2nd congressional district
after six-year incumbent David M. McIntosh opted to run for governor of Indiana. The district (renumbered as Indiana's 6th congressional district
Indiana's 6th congressional district
beginning in 2002) comprises all or portions of 19 counties in eastern Indiana. As a Congressman, Pence adopted the slogan he had used on the radio, describing himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."[4] While in Congress, Pence belonged to the Tea Party Caucus.[34] In his first year in office, Pence opposed President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind Act
No Child Left Behind Act
in 2001,[35] as well as President Bush's Medicare prescription drug expansion the following year.[36] Pence was re-elected four more times by comfortable margins. In the 2006, 2008, and 2010 House elections, he defeated Democrat Barry Welsh.[37][38][39]

Congressman Pence visits US-Soldiers in Mosul, Iraq
Mosul, Iraq
in 2006

Pence began to climb the party leadership structure and from 2005 to 2007 was chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans.[40] In November 2006, Pence announced his candidacy for leader of the Republican Party (minority leader) in the United States House of Representatives.[41] Pence's release announcing his run for minority leader focused on a "return to the values" of the Newt Gingrich-headed 1994 Republican Revolution.[41] However, he lost the bid to Representative John Boehner
John Boehner
of Ohio
Ohio
by a vote of 168 for Boehner, 27 for Pence, and one for Representative Joe Barton of Texas.[42] In January 2009, Pence was elected as the Republican Conference chairman, the third-highest-ranking Republican leadership position. He ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. He was the first representative from Indiana
Indiana
to hold a House leadership position since 1981.[2] During Pence's twelve years in the House, he introduced 90 bills and resolutions; none became law.[43] His committee assignments in the House were the following:

107th Congress (2001–2003): Agriculture, Judiciary, Small Business[44] 108th Congress (2003–2005): Agriculture, International Relations, Judiciary[45] 109th Congress (2005–2007): Agriculture, International Relations, Judiciary[46] 110th Congress (2007–2009): Foreign Affairs, Judiciary, Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities of August 2, 2007 (Ranking Member)[47] 111th Congress (2009–2011): Foreign Affairs[48] 112th Congress (2011–2013): Foreign Affairs, Judiciary.[49]

In 2008, Esquire magazine listed Pence as one of the ten best members of Congress, writing that Pence's "unalloyed traditional conservatism has repeatedly pitted him against his party elders."[50] Pence was mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2008[51] and 2012.[52] In September 2010, he was the top choice for president in a straw poll conducted by the Values Voter Summit.[53][54] That same year he was encouraged to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Evan Bayh,[55][56][57] but opted not to enter the race,[58] even after Bayh unexpectedly announced that he would retire.[59] Governor of Indiana
Governor of Indiana
(2013–2017) 2012 election Main article: Indiana
Indiana
gubernatorial election, 2012

Pence being sworn in as Governor of Indiana, January 14, 2013

Governor Mike Pence
Mike Pence
speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 27, 2015

In May 2011, Mike Pence
Mike Pence
announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana
Indiana
in 2012.[60] Incumbent Republican Governor Mitch Daniels
Mitch Daniels
was term-limited. Despite strong name recognition and a popular outgoing governor of the same party, Pence found himself in a heated race, eventually pulling out a close win with just under 50 percent of the vote against Democrat John R. Gregg and Libertarian nominee Rupert Boneham.[61] Pence was sworn in as the 50th governor of Indiana
Indiana
on January 14, 2013.[62] Fiscal and economic policy Pence "inherited a $2 billion budget reserve from his predecessor, Mitch Daniels, and the state ... added to that reserve under his watch, though not before requiring state agencies, including public universities, to reduce funding in years in which revenue fell below projections."[63] The state finished fiscal year 2014 with a reserve of $2 billion; budget cuts ordered by Pence for the $14 billion annual state budget include $24 million cut from colleges and universities; $27 million cut from the 'Family and Social Services Administration' (FSSA[64]); and $12 million cut from the Department of Correction.[65] During Pence's term as governor, the unemployment rate reflected the national average.[66] Indiana's job growth lagged slightly behind the national trend.[67] In 2014, Indiana's economy was among the slowest-growing in the United States, with 0.4 percent GDP growth, compared to the national average of 2.2 percent; this was attributed in part to a sluggish manufacturing sector.[68] Carrier Corp.
Carrier Corp.
and United Technologies Electronic Controls (UTEC) announced in 2016 that they would be closing two facilities in Indiana, sending 2,100 jobs to Mexico; the Trump campaign criticized the moves[69] and Pence expressed "deep disappointment".[70][71] Pence was unsuccessful in his efforts to persuade the companies to stay in the state, although the companies agreed to reimburse local and state governments for certain tax incentives that they had received.[71][72] The Indiana
Indiana
Economic Development Corporation led by Pence had approved $24 million in incentives to 10 companies who sent jobs abroad. $8.7 million had been paid out by August 2016.[69]

Pence with President Obama and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, February 25, 2013

In 2013, Pence signed a law blocking local governments in Indiana
Indiana
from requiring businesses to offer higher wages or benefits beyond those required by federal law. In 2015, Pence also repealed an Indiana
Indiana
law that required construction companies working on publicly funded projects to pay a prevailing wage.[73][74][75][76] Indiana
Indiana
enacted right-to-work legislation under Pence's predecessor, Republican governor Mitch Daniels. Under Pence, the state successfully defended this legislation against a labor challenge.[74] In 2013, Pence also announced the formation of the Indiana
Indiana
Biosciences Research Institute, a life sciences research facility supported with $25 million in startup funds from the state.[77] Pence made tax reform, namely a 10 percent income-tax rate cut, a priority for 2013.[78][79] While he did not get the 10 percent cut he advocated, Pence did accomplish his goal of cutting state taxes.[78] Legislators cut the income tax by 5 percent and also killed the inheritance tax.[78] Speaker of the House Brian Bosma
Brian Bosma
said that the legislative package was the "largest tax cut in our state's history, about $1.1 billion dollars."[80] By signing Senate Bill 1, the state corporate income tax would be dropped from 6.5 percent to 4.9 percent by 2021, which would be the second-lowest corporate income tax in the nation.[81] The law also permitted Indiana
Indiana
counties to eliminate the business personal property tax on new equipment and let them exempt small businesses with less than $20,000 worth of equipment from paying personal property taxes.[81] On June 12, 2013, the Indiana
Indiana
Legislature overrode Pence's veto of a bill to retroactively authorize a local tax. Lawmakers overrode Pence's veto in a 68–23 vote in the House and a 34–12 one in the Senate.[82] Republican legislators overwhelmingly voted against Pence, while most Democrats supported his veto.[83] The Jackson–Pulaski tax fix, one of three bills vetoed by Pence during the session, addressed a 15-year-old county income tax which had been imposed to fund the construction of jail facilities with the stipulation that the tax be lowered by 1 percent after the first several years. The reduction was not implemented and thus county residents paid an additional 1 percent tax that they were legally not required to pay. The bill, which was passed by a huge majority of legislators and subsequently vetoed by Pence, allowed money to be kept and not returned to the tax payers as would have otherwise been necessary.[83][84] As governor, Pence pressed for a balanced budget amendment to the state's constitution. He initially proposed the initiative in his State of the State address in January 2015. The legislation passed the state Senate.[85] Indiana
Indiana
has had AAA credit ratings with the three major credit-rating agencies since 2010, before Pence took office; these ratings were maintained throughout Pence's tenure.[86] In 2014, Pence supported the Indiana
Indiana
Gateway project,[87] a $71.4 million passenger and freight rail improvement initiative paid for by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(the federal stimulus package), which Pence had voted against while a congressman.[88] In October 2015, Pence "announced plans to pay off a $250 million federal loan" to cover unemployment insurance payments that spiked during the recession.[63] In March 2016, Pence signed legislation to fund a $230 million two-year road-funding package.[63] Education During his tenure as governor, Pence supported significant increases in education funding to pre-schools, voucher programs, and charter schools, but frequently clashed with supporters of traditional public schools.[89][90] In 2014, a little over one year after taking office, Pence helped establish a $10 million state preschool pilot program in Indiana
Indiana
and testified personally before the state Senate Education Committee in favor of the program to convince fellow Republicans (several of whom opposed the proposal) to approve the plan.[89][90] Although the plan was initially defeated, Pence successfully managed to revive it, "getting Indiana
Indiana
off the list of just 10 states that spent no direct funds to help poor children attend preschool."[90] Demand for enrollment in the program "far outstripped" capacity, and Pence at first refused to apply for up to $80 million in federal Health and Human Services Preschool Development Grant program funding,[89] arguing that " Indiana
Indiana
must develop our own pre-K program without federal intrusion."[91] After coming under sustained criticism for this position, Pence reversed course and sought to apply for the funds.[89][92] In 2015, Pence secured significant increases in charter-school funding from the legislation, although he did not get everything he had proposed.[90] Legislation signed into law by Pence in 2013 greatly increased the number of students in Indiana
Indiana
who qualify for school vouchers, making it one of the largest voucher programs in the United States.[93][94][95][96] The annual cost of the program is estimated to be $53 million for the 2015–16 school year.[95][96] Pence opposed the Common Core State Standards Initiative, calling for the repeal of the standards in his 2014 State of the State address. The Indiana
Indiana
General Assembly then passed a bill to repeal the standards, becoming the first state to do so.[89][90] Despite successful advocacy for more funding for pre-schools, voucher programs, and charter schools, Pence has frequently clashed with teachers unions and supporters of public schooling.[89][90] In one of his first acts as governor, Pence removed control of the Educational Employment Relations Board, which was in charge of handling conflicts between unions and school boards, from Glenda Ritz, a Democrat who was the Indiana
Indiana
Superintendent of Public Instruction (a separately elected position in the state).[97] Pence created a new "Center for Education and Career Innovation" (CECI) to coordinate efforts between schools and the private sector; Ritz opposed the Center, viewing it as a "power grab" and encroachment on her own duties. Pence eventually disestablished the Center in order to help defuse the conflict.[89][90] In May 2015, Pence signed a bill stripping Ritz of much of her authority over standardized testing and other education issues, and reconstituting the State Board of Education dominated by Pence appointees.[98] The bill also allowed the board to appoint a chairman other than the Superintendent of Public Instruction starting in 2017, and added the State Board of Education (controlled by Pence) as a "state educational authority" along with the Department of Education (controlled by Ritz) for purposes of accessing sensitive student data.[98] Pence and Ritz also clashed over non-binding federal guidelines that advised Indiana
Indiana
public schools must treat transgender students in a way that corresponds to their gender identity, even if their education files indicate a different gender.[99] Energy and environment During Pence's term in office, the Republican-controlled Indiana General Assembly "repeatedly tried to roll back renewable energy standards and successfully ended Indiana's energy efficiency efforts."[100] Pence has been an outspoken supporter of the coal industry, declaring in his 2015 State of the State address that " Indiana
Indiana
is a pro-coal state," expressing support for an "all-of-the-above energy strategy," and stating: "we must continue to oppose the overreaching schemes of the EPA until we bring their war on coal to an end."[100][101] In 2015, Pence sent a letter to President Obama denouncing the EPA's Clean Power Plan
Clean Power Plan
(which would regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants) and stating that Indiana would refuse to comply with the plan.[100][102] Indiana
Indiana
joined other states in a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the plan.[100] In 2016, Pence stated that even if legal challenges failed, Indiana
Indiana
would continue to defy the rule and would not come up with its own plan to reduce emissions.[103] Gun policy In 2014, over the opposition of Indiana
Indiana
school organizations, Pence signed a bill which allows firearms to be kept in vehicles on school property.[104] In 2015, following a shooting in Chattanooga, Pence recruited the National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association
to train the Indiana
Indiana
National Guard on concealed carry. Some National Guard officials from other states questioned why a civilian organization would be involved in a military issue.[105] In May 2015, Pence signed into law Senate Bill 98, which limited lawsuits against gun and ammunition manufacturers and sellers and retroactively terminated the City of Gary's still-pending 1999 lawsuit against gun manufacturers and retailers that allegedly made illegal sales of handguns.[106][107] The bill was supported by Republicans such as state Senator Jim Tomes, who hoped that the measure would attract more gun-related businesses to Indiana, but opposed by Gary mayor and former Indiana
Indiana
Attorney General Karen Freeman-Wilson, who viewed the measure as "an unprecedented violation of the separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of state government."[107] In 2016, Pence signed Senate Bill 109 into law, legalizing the captive hunting of farm-raised deer in Indiana.[108] Public health

Governor Pence at the dedication of a new veterans' clinic, March 30, 2016

Beginning in December 2014, there was an HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana.[109] In 2011, Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood
ran five rural clinics in Indiana. They tested for HIV and offered prevention, intervention and counseling for better health. The one in Scott County performed no abortions.[110] The Republican-controlled legislature and Pence defunded Planned Parenthood.[111] Scott County has been without an HIV testing center since 2013.[110] Pence had long been a vocal opponent of needle exchange programs, which allow drug users to trade in used syringes for sterile ones in order to stop the spread of diseases, despite evidence that such programs prevent the spread of AIDS and hepatitis C, and do not increase drug abuse.[109] In March 2015, after the outbreak began, Pence allowed at least five counties to open needle exchanges, but did not move to lift the state ban on funding for needle exchanges.[109] Critics say Pence's compromise has been ineffective because counties had no way to pay for needle exchanges themselves. Indiana
Indiana
State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams defended Pence, saying that publicly funded needle exchange programs are controversial in many conservative communities. In middle America, Adams said, you can't "just point your finger at folks and say, 'You need to have a syringe exchange and we're going to pay for it with your tax dollars.'"[112] In 2015, Pence and the Obama administration
Obama administration
agreed to expand Medicaid in Indiana, in accordance with the Affordable Care Act.[113][114] As part of the expansion, called the Healthy Indiana
Indiana
Plan 2.0, Pence negotiated modifications to the program for Indiana
Indiana
that included co-payments by participants. The co-payments are linked to healthy behaviors on the part of the participants, so that, for example, a participant who quit smoking would receive a lower co-payment. Participants can lose benefits for failing to make the payments.[115] The required contribution would be about 2% of income. Critics say that those who already struggle to buy food and housing will have even more difficulty paying their 2%. One critic expressed concern that lower income people may stay out of the program or avoid pursuing health care. A service provider said that the program "wins the award for bureaucratic complexity and red tape."[116] In early 2017, Indiana submitted its application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to renew Healthy Indiana, to show that the program was meeting its targets, as required for renewal. National Public Radio/Side Effects Public Media said that the application used "misleading and inaccurate information."[117]

Pence addressing supporters at a Living Word Bible
Bible
Church service, September 2016

Religion and LGBT
LGBT
rights See also: Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Indiana) On March 26, 2015, Pence signed Indiana
Indiana
Senate Bill 101, also known as the Indiana
Indiana
"religious objections" bill (Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA), into law.[118] The law's signing was met with criticism by people and groups who felt the law was carefully worded in a way that would permit discrimination against LGBT persons.[119][120][121][122] Such organizations as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the gamer convention Gen Con, and the Disciples of Christ
Disciples of Christ
spoke out against the law. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Salesforce.com
Salesforce.com
CEO Marc Benioff
Marc Benioff
condemned the law, with Salesforce.com
Salesforce.com
saying it would halt its plans to expand in the state.[123][124] Angie's List
Angie's List
announced that they would cancel a $40 million expansion of their Indianapolis
Indianapolis
based headquarters over concerns with the law. The expansion would have moved 1000 jobs into the state.[125] Thousands protested against the policy.[119] Five GOP state representatives voted against the bill, and Greg Ballard, the Republican mayor of Indianapolis, criticized it as sending the "wrong signal" about the state.[126] Pence defended the law, stating that it was not about discrimination. In an appearance on the ABC News
ABC News
program This Week with George Stephanopoulos,[127] Pence stated, "We are not going to change this law", while refusing to answer whether examples of discrimination against LGBT
LGBT
people given by Eric Miller of anti- LGBT
LGBT
group Advance America would be legal under the law.[128] Pence denied the law permitted discrimination and wrote in a March 31, 2015, Wall Street Journal op-ed, "If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn't eat there anymore. As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it."[129] In the wake of the backlash against the RFRA, on April 2, 2015, Pence signed legislation revising the law to protect against potential discrimination.[130] Mark Pence received heavy criticism from the liberals at the time of signing the religious freedom law labeling him as anti-gay. In 2018, the emails released to the Associated Press
Associated Press
showed that he was also being objected by the conservatives too.[131] Abortion Another controversy arose in March 2016 when Pence signed into law H.B. 1337, a bill that both banned certain abortion procedures and placed new restrictions on abortion providers. The bill banned abortion if the reason for the procedure given by the woman was the fetus' race or gender or a fetal abnormality. In addition, the bill required that all fetal remains from abortions or miscarriages at any stage of pregnancy be buried or cremated, which according to the Guttmacher Institute was not required in any other state.[132][133][134] The law was described as "exceptional for its breadth"; if implemented, it would have made Indiana
Indiana
"the first state to have a blanket ban on abortions based solely on race, sex or suspected disabilities, including evidence of Down syndrome."[133] Days after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the bill from taking effect, with U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt determining that the bill was likely to be unconstitutional and that the State of Indiana
Indiana
would be unlikely to prevail at trial.[133] As Vice President, Pence became the highest level government official to attend the March For Life Rally in Washington D.C on January 27, 2017.[135] Media and the press

Pence at the 500 Festival Parade
500 Festival Parade
in Indianapolis, 2015

In June 2013, Pence was criticized for deleting comments of others posted on his official government Facebook page; he apologized.[136] On January 26, 2015 it was widely reported that Pence had planned to launch a state-run, taxpayer-funded news service for Indiana.[137] The service, called "JustIN", was to be overseen by a former reporter for The Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Star, and would feature breaking news, stories written by press secretaries, and light features.[137] At the time, it was reported that the two employees who would run the news service would be paid a combined $100,000 yearly salary.[137] The target audience was small newspapers that had limited staff, but the site would also serve to communicate directly with the public. The publisher of the Commercial Review of Portland, Indiana, said, "I think it's a ludicrous idea ... the notion of elected officials presenting material that will inevitably have a pro-administration point of view is antithetical to the idea of an independent press."[137] There was speculation that the news service would publish pro-administration stories that would make Pence look good in the event of a presidential run.[138] According to Associated Press, the idea "of stories prewritten for the media set off a wave of criticism from journalists around the country, who likened the Indiana
Indiana
endeavor to state-run media in Russia and China. Headlines like 'Pravda in the Plains' accompanied calls for Pence to scrap the idea."[139] David A. Graham of The Atlantic regarded the announcement of JustIN as evidence of a disturbing changing trend in how the public gets news.[140] After a week or so of controversy about the idea, Pence scrapped the idea saying, "However well-intentioned, after thorough review of the preliminary planning and careful consideration of the concerns expressed, I am writing you to inform you that I have made a decision to terminate development of the JustIN website immediately."[141] Syrian refugee crisis As governor, Pence attempted unsuccessfully to prevent Syrian refugees from being resettled in Indiana.[142] In February 2016, a federal judge ruled that Pence's order to cut off federal funds for a local non-profit refugee resettlement agency was unconstitutional; Pence has appealed.[142] In December 2015, Pence stated that "calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional".[143] Public-records requests and use of private email Pence "repeatedly stonewalled public records requests as governor, often withholding documents or delaying their release if not denying them outright."[144][145][146] As governor, Pence routinely used a personal AOL email account to conduct official business, according to public records. In 2016, hackers compromised the account and used it to send fraudulent emails in an attempt to obtain money from Pence's contacts.[147] While this use is not prohibited by Indiana
Indiana
law, some of the emails discussed sensitive matters and homeland security issues.[148] In March 2017, after Pence had become vice president, the State of Indiana
Indiana
released 29 emails to media outlets that had made public records requests, but withheld an undisclosed number of other emails, saying that they were deliberative or advisory and thus exempt from public disclosure.[148] Cybersecurity experts and government transparency advocates were surprised by Pence's use of a personal email account to conduct public business, given Pence's past attacks on Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while U.S. secretary of state.[148] In 2017, Indiana
Indiana
hired a private law firm for $100,000 to handle a backlog of public-records requests for Pence's personal AOL account email correspondence.[144] Re-election campaign and withdrawal Main article: Indiana
Indiana
gubernatorial election, 2016 Pence ran for a second term as governor. He was unopposed in the May 3, 2016, Republican primary for governor. He was to face Democrat John R. Gregg, former speaker of the Indiana
Indiana
House of Representatives, in a rematch of the 2012 race. However, Pence filed paperwork ending his campaign on July 15, 2016, as Trump announced his selection of Pence as his vice presidential running mate.[149] Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb was nominated in Pence's place, and selected Suzanne Crouch
Suzanne Crouch
as his running mate.[150][151] Holcomb went on to defeat Gregg in the general election.[152] 2016 vice presidential campaign

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Pence speaks at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, August 2016

Pence endorsed Senator Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
of Texas in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries.[51] Donald Trump
Donald Trump
considered naming Pence as his vice presidential running mate along with other finalists including New Jersey governor Chris Christie and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.[153] Pence had stronger connections at the time to the politically influential big donors, the Kochs, than Trump did.[154][155][156][157][158] As was widely reported on July 14, The Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Star wrote that Pence would end his re-election campaign and accept the Republican vice presidential nomination instead.[159] The following day, Trump officially announced on Twitter
Twitter
that Pence would be his running mate.[160][161][162] Immediately after the announcement, Pence said that he was "very supportive of Donald Trump's call to temporarily suspend immigration from countries where terrorist influence and impact represents a threat to the United States".[163] Pence said that he was "absolutely" in sync with Trump's Mexican wall proposal, stating that Mexico was "absolutely" going to pay for it.[164] According to a FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight
rating of candidates' ideology, Pence was the most conservative vice-presidential candidate in the last forty years.[165] Pence stated that his role model as vice president would be Dick Cheney.[166] During Pence's preparations for the vice presidential debate in October 2016, Scott Walker played the role of Tim Kaine.[167] (In Kaine's own debate prep, Robert Barnett was selected to play Pence.)[168] In response to lewd comments made by Donald Trump
Donald Trump
in 2005,[169] and reported in The Washington Post
The Washington Post
on Friday, October 7, 2016, Pence said "I do not condone his remarks and cannot defend them", but Pence made clear that he was standing by the presidential candidate.[170] The candidate's campaign substituted Pence for Trump at a campaign event from which Trump was "uninvited" by Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives.[171] According to The New York Times, Pence called Trump on October 8, 2016 and told him that he would not appear at the campaign event with Ryan as a replacement for Trump and that Trump would need to handle the next 48 hours on his own, as Pence said he did not think he would be an effective surrogate for Trump.[172] On October 10, 2016, Pence appeared on CNN
CNN
and said that it was "absolutely false to suggest that at any point in time we considered dropping off this ticket" and that it is the "greatest honor of my life" to be nominated as Trump's running mate.[173] On October 27, 2016, a chartered Boeing 737 carrying Pence skidded off a runway at LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport
in New York City and was slowed by an engineered materials arrestor system; no injuries were reported.[174] Vice President of the United States
Vice President of the United States
(2017–present)

Vice President-elect Pence meets with Vice President Joe Biden
Joe Biden
at the White House
White House
on November 10, 2016

On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected Vice President of the United States as Trump's running mate. Soon after the election, he was appointed chairman of President-elect Trump's transition team.[175] During the transition phase of the Trump administration, Pence was reported as holding a large degree of influence in the administration due to his roles as a mediator between Trump and congressional Republicans, for reassuring conservatives about Trump's conservative credentials, and his influence in determining Donald Trump's cabinet.[176][177] Pence is the sixth vice president from Indiana, following Schuyler Colfax (1869–1873), Thomas A. Hendricks
Thomas A. Hendricks
(1885), Charles W. Fairbanks (1905–1909), Thomas R. Marshall
Thomas R. Marshall
(1913–1921), and Dan Quayle (1989–1993). Inauguration

Pence being sworn in as vice president on January 20, 2017

On January 20, 2017, at noon, Pence became the 48th Vice President of the United States, sworn into the office by Justice Clarence Thomas, using Ronald Reagan's Bible, opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land", which is the same verse Reagan used for his swearing-ins as governor and President. Pence also used his personal Bible
Bible
which he opens every morning.[178] Vice presidency

Pence with President Donald Trump

In the early days of his vice presidency, Pence performed many ceremonial duties, including swearing in James Mattis
James Mattis
as United States Secretary of Defense and John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security just hours after his own inauguration as vice president on January 20.[179] He also administered the oath of office to the White House senior staff on January 22, 2017.[180] Pence also sat in on calls made by President Trump to foreign heads of government and state such as Russian President Vladimir Putin[181] and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Pence appointed as chief of staff Josh Pitcock among 18 vice presidential staffers named in January 2016. Most were former staffers from gubernatorial and congressional days and five of them including Pitcock were also former lobbyists. After working for Pence while he was a congressman, Pitlock had been lobbyist for the state in Washington while Pence was governor. Pitlock's lobbying position had continued while he also worked on the vice presidential campaign.[182] Jarrod Agen was tapped as deputy assistant to the President and director of communications to the Vice President in February. Agen was most recently chief of staff for Governor Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder
of Michigan through the time of the Flint water crisis
Flint water crisis
and previously worked for Mayor Rudy Giuliani
Rudy Giuliani
in New York, Sharron Angle
Sharron Angle
in Nevada, Steve Poizner in California and MSNBC.[183] On February 7, 2017, Pence made history by becoming the first Vice President, in his role as president of the United States Senate, to cast a tie-breaking vote to confirm a Cabinet member.[184][185] He cast the deciding vote to break a 50–50 tie to confirm Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education.[186] Pence cast his second tie-breaking vote on March 30, 2017, voting to advance a bill to defund Planned Parenthood.[187] As of December 2017, Pence has cast six tie-breaking votes.

Vice President Pence stands for the national anthem prior to leaving

In April 2017, Pence made a tour of the Asia-Pacific region. In South Korea, he met acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn
Hwang Kyo-ahn
and condemned North Korea's latest missile launch.[188][189][189][190] In Japan, Pence met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe
and pledged to work with Japan, South Korea, and China "to achieve a peaceable resolution and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," adding "The era of strategic patience is over and while all options are on the table".[191][192] Pence subsequently traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, where he met with president Joko Widodo, toured the largest mosque in the region (the Istiqlal Mosque), and praised moderate Islam.[193][194] Pence ended his trip with stops in Sydney, Australia
Australia
(where, after meeting with Malcolm Turnbull, he said that the U.S. "intends to honor" a U.S.- Australia
Australia
refugee resettlement agreement),[195] and Oahu, Hawaii and American Samoa.[196] On May 21, 2017, Pence delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Traditionally, the president of the United States delivers the address at Notre Dame in his inaugural year, but in 2017 Vice President Pence was invited instead. A number of students walked out when Pence took the stage.[197][198] Marc Lotter has been Vice President Pence's press secretary.[199]

Pence alongside President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, July 2017

On October 8, 2017, Pence walked out of a game between the NFL's Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Colts and San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
at President Trump's request after members of the 49ers knelt during the national anthem. Shortly afterwards Pence commented via Twitter, "President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem"; further adding, "While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I don’t think its too much to ask NFL
NFL
players to respect the flag and our national anthem."[200] Political action committee On May 17, 2017, Pence filed FEC paperwork to form Great America Committee, a PAC that would be headed by his former campaign staffers Nick Ayers
Nick Ayers
and Marty Obst.[201][202] This is the only time a vice president has started his own PAC while still in office.[203] Pence denied a New York Times article's allegations that he will run for president in 2020, calling them "laughable and absurd", and said the article was "disgraceful and offensive".[204] Political stances Pence is described as being staunchly conservative on fiscal and social issues, with his political views strongly shaped by his Christian faith and by the conservative political theorist Russell Kirk.[1] During his acceptance speech for the nomination of Republican vice presidential candidate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Pence stated that "I'm a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."[205] As one commentator put it, "Pence doesn't simply wear his faith on his sleeve – he wears the entire Jesus jersey."[14] Abortion, sex education, and stem cell research

Pence speaking at the 2017 March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Pence is an opponent of abortion, and his unwavering support of abortion restrictions has gained him the support of grassroots conservative activists.[206] He began seeking to defund Planned Parenthood in 2007[207] and in three congressional sessions, he introduced legislation to block organizations that provide abortion services from receiving any Title X funding, even for services not related to reproductive health or family planning.[208] Pence has criticized comprehensive sex education. In 2002, he criticized a speech by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, who stated that it was "important for young people ... to protect themselves from the possibility of acquiring any sexually transmitted disease" through the use of condoms.[209][210] Pence called Powell's comments a "sad day" and expressed his support for abstinence education.[209][210] He asserted that "condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases" and that Powell was "maybe inadvertently misleading millions of young people and endangering lives".[209][210] Pence opposed President Obama's executive order eliminating restrictions on embryonic stem-cell research, saying, "I believe it is morally wrong to create human life to destroy it for research ... I believe it is morally wrong to take the tax dollars of millions of pro-life Americans."[211][212] He asserted that "scientific breakthroughs have rendered embryonic stem-cell research obsolete".[211][212] On January 27, 2017, Pence spoke at the March for Life in Washington D.C., becoming the first vice president and the highest-ranking United States official to ever speak at the annual event.[213][214] LGBT
LGBT
rights Pence has been a staunch opponent of efforts to expand LGBT
LGBT
civil rights. In 2000, Pence stated "Congress should oppose any effort to recognize homosexuals as a 'discrete and insular minority' entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws similar to those extended to women and ethnic minorities."[215] He called for "an audit to ensure that federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus" and instead advocated for resources to be directed toward institutions "which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior".[216][217][218][219] Pence has said that homosexuals should not serve in the military, saying, "Homosexuality is incompatible with military service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens unit cohesion."[220] Pence opposed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," saying in 2010 that allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military would "have an impact on unit cohesion".[220][221] In 2007, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would have banned workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[222] Pence opposed the 2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act,[223] saying that Barack Obama
Barack Obama
wanted to "advance a radical social agenda"[224] and said that pastors "could be charged or be subject to intimidation for simply expressing a Biblical worldview on the issue of homosexual behavior".[225] Pence opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions.[226] While in the House, he said that "societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family".[227] He has advocated a constitutional same-sex marriage ban but did not champion such a proposed ban for his first year as governor.[228] Economic policy

Then-U.S. Representative Pence (third from left) standing behind then-governor Mitch Daniels
Mitch Daniels
at a 2008 press conference in Martinsville, Indiana

Pence was a co-sponsor of H.J.Res.73, a 2011 spending limit amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This amendment would limit federal spending to "the average annual revenue collected in the three prior years, adjusted in proportion to changes in population and inflation".[229] In regards to adopting the gold standard, Pence stated in 2011, "the time has come to have a debate over gold and the proper role it should play in our nation's monetary affairs".[230] Pence proposed legislation to end the dual mandate of the Federal Reserve (maximizing employment and stabilizing prices), requiring the Fed to just focus on price stability and not full employment.[231][232] He has been a proponent of a flat federal tax rate.[233] Pence opposed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) (the "Wall Street bailout") of 2008.[233] Pence also opposed the auto industry rescue package of 2008–09, which guided General Motors
General Motors
and Chrysler
Chrysler
through bankruptcy.[234] In 2007, Pence voted against the raising of the federal minimum wage to $7.25 (from $5.15) an hour over two years, stating that it would "hurt the working poor".[73] While in the House, Pence voted against the Employee Free Choice Act
Employee Free Choice Act
("card check").[74] He voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.[235] He had publicly opposed the bill[236] denouncing it as a failure, and called for a federal spending freeze.[237] Nevertheless, several months after voting against the bill, Pence privately sought $6 million in stimulus funds for projects in his district,[238] and in 2010, hosted a job fair for stimulus-backed employers.[239] A Pence spokesperson stated that "once it became law, he had a responsibility to support local efforts to secure funding for projects that could benefit people in his district".[238] Pence voted against the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[240] Pence was a supporter of earmark reform. He voted against the $139.7 billion Transportation-Treasury spending bill in June 2006, and in favor of a series of amendments proposed that same month by Jeff Flake
Jeff Flake
which would strip other members' earmarks from the federal budget.[241] On occasion, however, Pence secured earmarks for projects in his district.[241] Health care Pence voted against the act that created Medicare Part D, a Medicare prescription-drug benefit.[36] Pence voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[242] In June 2012, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act
in NFIB v. Sebelius, Pence likened the ruling to the September 11 terrorist attacks
September 11 terrorist attacks
in a closed-door meeting of the House Republican Conference. He immediately apologized for making the statement.[243] In 2001, Pence wrote an op-ed arguing against the tobacco settlement and tobacco regulation, saying that they would create "new government bureaucracies" and encroach on private lives. He stated that "despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn't kill".[109][244] Pence asserted, "2 out of every three smokers does [sic] not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer", while acknowledging that "smoking isn't good for you" and people who smoke should quit.[109][244] In 2009, Pence voted against the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which allows the FDA to regulate tobacco products.[245] According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pence's state of Indiana
Indiana
has one of the worst smoking problems in America.[211] Pence was slow to support a needle exchange program in Indiana
Indiana
to combat an HIV outbreak related to needle-sharing among opioid drug users. While giving credit for the program's ultimate start, an AIDS research foundation director of public policy later deemed the outbreak "entirely preventable". The state's health commissioner defended Pence's speed at responding to the situation.[246] Immigration

Pence speaking at a Tea Party rally in 2011

In June 2006, Pence unveiled an immigration plan (which he described as "No Amnesty Immigration reform") that would include increased border security, followed by strict enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens, and a guest worker program. This guest worker program would have required participants to apply from their home country to government-approved job placement agencies that match workers with employers who cannot find Americans for the job.[247] The plan received support from conservatives such as Dick Armey,[248] but attracted criticism from other conservatives such as Richard Viguerie and paleoconservatives Phyllis Schlafly
Phyllis Schlafly
and Pat Buchanan, who viewed Pence as lending "his conservative prestige to a form of liberal amnesty".[12][249] In 2009, Pence opposed birthright citizenship (the legal principle set forth by the Citizenship Clause
Citizenship Clause
of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside"). He co-sponsored a bill that would have limited citizenship to children born to at least one parent who is a citizen, immigrants living permanently in the U.S. or non-citizens performing active service in the Armed Forces.[250] In 2010, Pence voted against the DREAM Act, which would grant the undocumented children of illegal immigrants conditional non-immigrant status if they met certain requirements.[251] In 2010, Pence stated that Arizona S.B. 1070, which at the time of passage in 2010 was the nation's broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration legislation, was "a good faith to try and restore order to their communities".[252] Social Security Further information: Social Security debate in the United States Pence supported President George W. Bush's unsuccessful 2005 proposal to partially privatize Social Security[253] by allowing workers to invest part of their Social Security payroll taxes in private investment accounts and reduce the increase in benefits for high-income participants.[254] Pence had previously proposed a similar but more aggressive reform plan than Bush's.[254] When asked in 2010 if he would be willing to make cuts to Social Security, Pence answered, "I think everything has to be on the table."[254] When asked if he would raise the retirement age, he said, "I'm an all-of-the-above guy. We need look at everything on the menu."[254] Patriot Act Further information: History of the Patriot Act

Pence swearing in John F. Kelly
John F. Kelly
at DHS Headquarters on January 25, 2017

Pence supported the Patriot Act
Patriot Act
on its passage in 2001,[255] and in 2005 called the act "essential to our continued success in the war on terror here at home".[256] Pence was a sponsor of legislation in 2009 to extend three expiring provisions of the Patriot Act
Patriot Act
(the library records provision, the roving-wiretap provision, and the lone-wolf provision) for an additional ten years.[257] International trade Pence "has been a longtime, aggressive advocate of trade deals" between the U.S. and foreign countries.[258] Pence has been a supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA),[258] and during his tenure in the House, he voted for every free-trade agreement that came before him.[259] Pence voted in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement
Central American Free Trade Agreement
(CAFTA); in favor of keeping the U.S. in the World Trade Organization; and in favor of permanent normal trade relations with China.[259] Pence also supported bilateral free-trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea, Panama, Peru, Oman, Chile and Singapore.[259] Pence's strong stance in favor of free trade sharply differs from the stance of his running mate Trump, who has condemned globalization and the liberalization of trade.[258][259] Pence voted against the Trade and Globalization
Globalization
Act of 2007, which would have expanded Trade Adjustment Assistance to American workers adversely affected by globalization.[260] However, in 2014 Pence called for the "swift adoption" of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), urging Indiana's congressional delegation to support the trade deal.[258] Foreign policy Pence supported the Iraq War
Iraq War
Resolution, which authorized military action against Iraq.[261] During the Iraq
Iraq
War, Pence opposed setting a public withdrawal date from Iraq. During an April 2007 visit to Baghdad, Pence and John McCain
John McCain
visited Shorja
Shorja
market, the site of a deadly attack in February 2007, that claimed the lives of 61 people. Pence and McCain described the visit as evidence that the security situation in Iraqi markets had improved.[262] The visit to the market took place under tight security, including helicopters overhead, and the New York Times reported that the visit gave a false indication of how secure the area was because of the extremely heavy security forces protecting McCain.[263] Pence chaired the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and was a prominent supporter of George W. Bush's Iraq War
Iraq War
troop surge of 2007. At the time, Pence stated that "the surge is working" and defended the initial decision to invade in 2003.[261]

Pence and Trump with Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammad bin Salman on March 14, 2017

Pence has opposed closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
and trying the suspected terrorists in the United States.[264] As an alternative, Pence has said that the "enemy combatants" should be tried in a military tribunal.[264] Pence has stated his support of Israel
Israel
and its right to attack facilities in Iran to prevent the Iranians from developing nuclear weapons, has defended the actions of Israel
Israel
in its use of deadly force in enforcing the blockade of Gaza, and has referred to Israel
Israel
as "America's most cherished ally".[265] He visited Israel
Israel
in 2014 to express his support, and in 2016 signed into law a bill which would ban Indiana
Indiana
from having any commercial dealings with a company that boycotts Israel.[266] He opposes a Palestinian state.[267]

Joint Press Conference by the Baltic states
Baltic states
presidents and Pence, July 31, 2017

Pence criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
and Barack Obama's alleged weak leadership, saying: "When Donald Trump
Donald Trump
and I observe that, as I’ve said in Syria, in Iran, in Ukraine, that the small and bullying leader of Russia has been stronger on the world stage than this administration, that’s stating painful facts. That's not an endorsement of Vladimir Putin. That’s an indictment of the weak and feckless leadership."[268] Two weeks prior to the NATO intervention in Libya, Pence thanked the Obama administration
Obama administration
and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
for their efforts to isolate the Gaddafi regime.[269][270][271] Pence expressed support for "a no-fly zone" and stated that "Gaddafi must go".[269][270][271] Pence condemned the "terrible savagery" against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, saying "The images of the violence and its victims have shocked the American people, and decent people all over the world".[272] Climate
Climate
change Pence "does not accept the scientific consensus that human activity is the primary driver of climate change."[273] In 2001, Pence wrote in an op-ed that "global warming is a myth," saying that "the earth is actually cooler today than it was about 50 years ago".[274][275] In 2006 and 2009, Pence expressed the view that it was unclear whether global warming was driven by human activity, and in 2009 he told political commentator Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews
that there was a "growing skepticism in the scientific community about global warming".[276][277] In 2009, Pence led the Republican effort to defeat the American Clean Energy and Security Act
American Clean Energy and Security Act
(Waxman-Markey), a Democratic-backed bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions (and therefore combat climate change) through a cap-and-trade system.[273] On September 27, 2016, however, Pence said "there's no question" that human activity affects both the climate and the environment.[278][279] Pence holds a lifetime rating of 4 percent from the League of Conservation Voters.[280] While in the House, Pence "voted to eliminate funding for climate education programs and to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency
from regulating greenhouse gas emissions".[100] Pence also "repeatedly voted against energy efficiency and renewable energy funding and rules" and voted "for several bills that supported fossil fuel development, including legislation promoting offshore drilling".[100] Crime and illegal drugs

Representative Pence meeting with President George W. Bush
George W. Bush
in 2007

Pence has questioned proposals to decrease penalties for low-level marijuana offenses in Indiana, saying that the state should focus on "reducing crime, not reducing penalties".[281] In 2013, Pence expressed concern that a then-pending bill to revise the state's criminal code was not tough enough on drug crimes, and successfully lobbied to limit the reduction in sentencing of marijuana offenses.[282] In 2016, he signed into law a measure that would reinstate a ten-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for certain drug offenders.[283][284] During 2014, Pence sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, saying that Indiana
Indiana
would not comply with federal prison rape elimination standards because they were "too expensive". According to the Indiana
Indiana
Department of Corrections, it would cost the state $15–20 million annually to comply with the guidelines. Pence said that a number of rape prevention measures had already been "implemented".[285] In 2015, Pence signed Senate Bill 94 to lengthen the statute of limitations for rape – continuing for five years after sufficient DNA evidence is uncovered, enough recorded evidence is brought forth or discovered, or the offender confesses to the crime.[286] Pence also signed Senate Bill 8 to allow the death penalty for beheadings if the victim was alive at the time of the offense.[286] Gambling Pence has been an advocate of federal restrictions on online gambling. In 2006, he was one of 35 cosponsors of H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte–Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act,[287] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[288] Campaign finance Pence praised the 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Federal Election Commission
when it was announced. Pence said:

Freedom won today in the Supreme Court. Today's ruling in the Citizens United case takes us one step closer to the Founding Fathers' vision of free speech, a vision that is cherished by all Americans and one Congress has a responsibility to protect. If the freedom of speech means anything, it means protecting the right of private citizens to voice opposition or support for their elected representatives. The fact that the court overturned a 20-year precedent speaks volumes about the importance of this issue.[289]

Pence described the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, known as McCain–Feingold, which regulates the financing of political campaigns, as "oppressive restrictions on free speech".[290] Personal life

Mike Pence
Mike Pence
family at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration Parade

Mike and Karen Pence
Karen Pence
have been married since 1985. The two met while he was in law school at Indiana
Indiana
University.[14] They have three children.[291][292] During Pence's service in the House, his family lived in Arlington, Virginia, when Congress was in session.[9] Pence's son is a first lieutenant and training to be a pilot in the United States Marine Corps.[293][294] Pence has five siblings. His oldest brother, Greg, has worked in Indiana
Indiana
Republican politics.[295] The Pences have four pets currently: a cat, a dog, a rabbit, and a snake.[296] Their rabbit, named Marlon Bundo, was featured in two children's books, both released in March 2018. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Marlon Bundo
was written by Jill Twiss and released on March 18, 2018.[297] Marlon Bundo's: A Day in the Life of the Vice President was written by Pence's daughter Charlotte and released on March 19, 2018.[298] Pence was raised in a Catholic family, served as an altar server, and attended parochial school.[4][299] He became a born-again Christian in college, while a member of a nondenominational Christian student group, and identified his first year – and specifically "a Christian music festival in Asbury, Kentucky, in the spring of 1978"[300] referring to the Ichthus Music Festival
Ichthus Music Festival
at then Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky – as the moment he made a "commitment to Christ."[4][299] After that point, Pence continued to attend Mass (where he met his wife) and was a Catholic youth minister.[299] Pence called himself Catholic in a 1994 news piece, although by 1995, he and his family had joined an evangelical megachurch, the Grace Evangelical Church.[4][299] In 2013, Pence said his family was "kind of looking for a church."[4] He has described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," and as "a born-again, evangelical Catholic."[4][299] Pence's designation as an "evangelical Catholic" means that he is an evangelical Protestant, who considers himself to be catholic in the sense that he identifies with the historic Christian Church, believing that the early ecumenical councils and the Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reformation
were both part of the progressive illumination of the Holy Spirit.[301] When asked by Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews
if he believes in evolution, Pence answered and repeated minutes later, "I believe with all my heart that God created the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is in them. How he did that, I'll ask him about some day."[211][276] In a 2002 statement on the floor of the House of Representatives (reported in the Congressional Record), Pence told his colleagues "... I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe."[302][303] Pence adheres to the Billy Graham rule, in which husbands avoid spending time alone with women to whom they are not married.[304][305] Electoral history House of Representatives 1988

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District Election (1988)[306]

Party Candidate Votes %

Democratic Philip R. Sharp 116,915 53.20

Republican Mike Pence 102,846 46.80

Total votes 219,761 100.00

Turnout 291,761

1990

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District Election (1990)[307]

Party Candidate Votes %

Democratic Philip R. Sharp 93,495 59.37

Republican Mike Pence 63,980 40.63

Total votes 157,475 100.00

Turnout 157,475

2000

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District Election (2000)[308]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 106,023 50.87

Democratic Robert Rock 80,885 38.81

Independent William "Bill" Frazier 19,077 9.15

Libertarian Michael E. Anderson 2,422 1.16

Total votes 208,407 100.00

Turnout 208,407

2002

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2002)[309]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 55,142 100.00

Total votes 55,142 100.00

Turnout 55,142 22

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2002)[309]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 118,436 63.79

Democratic Melina Ann Fox 63,871 34.40

Libertarian Doris Robertson 3,346 1.80

Total votes 185,653 100.00

Turnout 185,653 39

Republican hold

2004

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2004)[310]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 61,794 100.00

Total votes 61,794 100.00

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2004)[310]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 182,529 67.09

Democratic Melina Ann Fox 85,123 31.29

Libertarian Chad (Wick) Roots 4,397 1.62

Total votes 272,049 100.00

Turnout 272,049 58

Republican hold

2006

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2006)[37]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 52,188 86.13

Republican George Holland 8,406 13.87

Total votes 60,594 100.00

Turnout 60,594 19

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2006)[37]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 115,266 60.01

Democratic Barry A. Welsh 76,812 39.99

Total votes 192,078 100.00

Turnout 192,078 40

Republican hold

2008

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2008)[38]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 46,488 100.00

Total votes 46,488 100.00

Turnout 46,488 40

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2008)[38]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence* 180,549 63.96

Democratic Barry A. Welsh 94,223 33.38

Libertarian George T. Holland 7,534 2.67

Total votes 282,306 100.00

Turnout 282,306 62

Republican hold

2010

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Republican Primary Election (2010)[39]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 61,381 100.00

Total votes 61,381 100.00

Turnout 61,381 21

Indiana's 6th Congressional District Election (2010)[39]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence* 126,027 66.57

Democratic Barry A. Welsh 56,647 29.92

Libertarian Talmage "T.J." Thompson, Jr. 6,635 3.51

Total votes 189,309 100.00

Turnout 189,309 41

Republican hold

Governor of Indiana 2012

2012 Indiana
Indiana
Republican gubernatorial election primary[311][312]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 554,412 100.00

Total votes 554,412 100.00

Turnout 554,412 22

2012 Indiana
Indiana
gubernatorial election[313][314]

Party Candidate Votes % ±

Republican Mike Pence
Mike Pence
/ Sue Ellspermann 1,275,424 49.49%

Democratic John Gregg / Vi Simpson 1,200,016 46.56%

Libertarian Rupert Boneham
Rupert Boneham
/ Brad Klopfenstein 101,868 3.95%

No party Donnie Harold Harris / George Fish (write-in) 21 0% —

Margin of victory 75,408 2.93% %

Turnout 2,577,329 56.58%

Republican hold Swing

2016

2016 Indiana
Indiana
Republican gubernatorial election primary[315][316]

Party Candidate Votes %

Republican Mike Pence 815,699 100

Total votes 815,699 100

Turnout 815,699 38

Vice President of the United States

Election results

Year Election Votes for Pence % Opponent Party Votes %

2016 General 62,984,825 (305 electoral votes) (270 needed) 46.1% Tim Kaine Democratic 65,853,516 (227 electoral votes) 48.2% ---

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Donald Trump
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John Adams
(1789–1797) Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
(1797–1801) Aaron Burr
Aaron Burr
(1801–1805) George Clinton (1805–1812) Elbridge Gerry
Elbridge Gerry
(1813–1814) Daniel D. Tompkins
Daniel D. Tompkins
(1817–1825) John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun
(1825–1832) Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
(1833–1837) Richard M. Johnson (1837–1841) John Tyler
John Tyler
(1841) George M. Dallas
George M. Dallas
(1845–1849) Millard Fillmore
Millard Fillmore
(1849–1850) William R. King
William R. King
(1853) John C. Breckinridge
John C. Breckinridge
(1857–1861) Hannibal Hamlin
Hannibal Hamlin
(1861–1865) Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson
(1865) Schuyler Colfax
Schuyler Colfax
(1869–1873) Henry Wilson
Henry Wilson
(1873–1875) William A. Wheeler
William A. Wheeler
(1877–1881) Chester A. Arthur
Chester A. Arthur
(1881) Thomas A. Hendricks
Thomas A. Hendricks
(1885) Levi P. Morton
Levi P. Morton
(1889–1893) Adlai Stevenson (1893–1897) Garret Hobart
Garret Hobart
(1897–1899) Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt
(1901) Charles W. Fairbanks
Charles W. Fairbanks
(1905–1909) James S. Sherman
James S. Sherman
(1909–1912) Thomas R. Marshall
Thomas R. Marshall
(1913–1921) Calvin Coolidge
Calvin Coolidge
(1921–1923) Charles G. Dawes
Charles G. Dawes
(1925–1929) Charles Curtis
Charles Curtis
(1929–1933) John Nance Garner
John Nance Garner
(1933–1941) Henry A. Wallace
Henry A. Wallace
(1941–1945) Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman
(1945) Alben W. Barkley
Alben W. Barkley
(1949–1953) Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
(1953–1961) Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson
(1961–1963) Hubert Humphrey
Hubert Humphrey
(1965–1969) Spiro Agnew
Spiro Agnew
(1969–1973) Gerald Ford
Gerald Ford
(1973–1974) Nelson Rockefeller
Nelson Rockefeller
(1974–1977) Walter Mondale
Walter Mondale
(1977–1981) George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
(1981–1989) Dan Quayle
Dan Quayle
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Al Gore
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Dick Cheney
(2001–2009) Joe Biden
Joe Biden
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Mike Pence
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Cabinet of President Donald Trump
Donald Trump
(2017–present)

Cabinet

Secretary of State

Rex Tillerson
Rex Tillerson
(2017–2018)

Secretary of the Treasury

Steven Mnuchin
Steven Mnuchin
(2017–present)

Secretary of Defense

Jim Mattis
Jim Mattis
(2017–present)

Attorney General

Jeff Sessions
Jeff Sessions
(2017–present)

Secretary of the Interior

Ryan Zinke
Ryan Zinke
(2017–present)

Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue
Sonny Perdue
(2017–present)

Secretary of Commerce

Wilbur Ross
Wilbur Ross
(2017–present)

Secretary of Labor

Alexander Acosta
Alexander Acosta
(2017–present)

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Tom Price (2017) Alex Azar
Alex Azar
(2018–present)

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson
Ben Carson
(2017–present)

Secretary of Transportation

Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao
(2017–present)

Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry
Rick Perry
(2017–present)

Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos
Betsy DeVos
(2017–present)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

David Shulkin
David Shulkin
(2017–2018)

Secretary of Homeland Security

John F. Kelly
John F. Kelly
(2017) Kirstjen Nielsen
Kirstjen Nielsen
(2017–present)

Cabinet-level

Vice President

Mike Pence
Mike Pence
(2017–present)

White House
White House
Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus
Reince Priebus
(2017) John F. Kelly
John F. Kelly
(2017–present)

Trade Representative

Robert Lighthizer
Robert Lighthizer
(2017–present)

Director of National Intelligence

Dan Coats
Dan Coats
(2017–present)

Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley
(2017–present)

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Mick Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney
(2017–present)

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
(2017–present)

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Scott Pruitt
Scott Pruitt
(2017–present)

Administrator of the Small Business Administration

Linda McMahon
Linda McMahon
(2017–present)

See also: Political appointments of Donald Trump

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Current members of the Cabinet of the United States

Trump Pence

Acosta Azar Carson Chao Coatsc DeVos Haleyc Kellyc Lighthizerc Mattis McMahonc Mnuchin Mulvaneyc Nielsen Perdue Perry Pompeoc Pruittc Ross Sessions Sullivana Wilkiea Zinke

Nominees awaiting confirmation:

Haspelc Jackson Pompeo

a acting; c cabinet-level

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Mike Pence's Office of the Vice President

Position Appointee

Chief of Staff to the Vice President Josh Pitcock

Counsel to the Vice President Mark Paoletta

Counselor to the Vice President

Assistant to the Vice President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison Sarah Makin

Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Communications Jarrod Agen

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President Jen Pavlik

Deputy National Security Adviser to the Vice President

Policy Director to the Second Lady Sara Egeland

National Security Adviser to the Vice President Andrea Thompson

Position Appointee

Chief of Staff to the Second Lady Kristan King Nevins

Director of Administration for the Office of the Vice President Mike Boisvenue

Domestic Policy Adviser to the Vice President Daris Meeks

Chief Economist and Economic Policy Adviser to the Vice President

Press Secretary to the Vice President Marc Lotte

Deputy Press Secretary to the Vice President

Director of Legislative Affairs Jonathan Hiler

Director of Communications for the Second Lady Kara Brooks

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Presidential line of succession in the United States of America

Vice President (Mike Pence) Speaker of the House of Representatives (Paul Ryan) President pro tempore of the Senate (Orrin Hatch) Secretary of State (John Sullivan[a]) Secretary of the Treasury (Steven Mnuchin) Secretary of Defense (Jim Mattis) Attorney General (Jeff Sessions) Secretary of the Interior (Ryan Zinke) Secretary of Agriculture (Sonny Perdue) Secretary of Commerce (Wilbur Ross) Secretary of Labor (Alex Acosta) Secretary of Health and Human Services (Alex Azar) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Ben Carson) Secretary of Transportation (Elaine Chao[b]) Secretary of Energy (Rick Perry) Secretary of Education (Betsy DeVos) Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Robert Wilkie) Secretary of Homeland Security (Kirstjen Nielsen)

^ Sullivan serves as the Acting Secretary of State, and is thus ineligible for the presidency. Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo
has been formally nominated for the position by Donald Trump. ^ Although Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao
is the current Secretary of Transportation, she is not a natural-born citizen (acquired U.S. citizenship by naturalization) and thus ineligible for the presidency.

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Current leadership of the United States Senate

President: Mike Pence
Mike Pence
(R) President pro tempore: Orrin Hatch
Orrin Hatch
(R)

Majority (Republican) Minority (Democratic)

Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell
(Leader) John Cornyn
John Cornyn
(Whip) John Thune
John Thune
(Conference Chair) John Barrasso
John Barrasso
(Policy Committee Chair) Roy Blunt
Roy Blunt
(Conference Vice Chair) Cory Gardner
Cory Gardner
(Campaign Committee Chair) Mike Lee (Steering Committee Chair) Mike Crapo
Mike Crapo
(Chief Deputy Whip)

Chuck Schumer
Chuck Schumer
(Leader and Caucus Chair) Dick Durbin
Dick Durbin
(Whip) Patty Murray
Patty Murray
(Assistant Leader) Debbie Stabenow
Debbie Stabenow
(Policy Committee Chair) Mark Warner
Mark Warner
and Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren
(Caucus Vice Chair) Amy Klobuchar
Amy Klobuchar
(Steering Committee Chair) Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders
(Outreach Committee Chair) Joe Manchin
Joe Manchin
(Policy Committee Vice Chair) Tammy Baldwin
Tammy Baldwin
(Caucus Secretary) Chris Van Hollen
Chris Van Hollen
(Campaign Committee Chair) Jeff Merkley
Jeff Merkley
(Chief Deputy Whip) Patrick Leahy
Patrick Leahy
(Senate President pro tempore emeritus)

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Harrison Gibson (acting) Posey

State (since 1816)

Jennings Boon W. Hendricks Ray Noble Wallace Bigger J. Whitcomb Dunning Wright Willard Hammond Lane Morton Baker T. Hendricks Williams Gray Porter Gray Hovey Chase Matthews Mount Durbin Hanly Marshall Ralston Goodrich McCray Branch Jackson Leslie McNutt Townsend Schricker Gates Schricker Craig Handley Welsh Branigin E. Whitcomb Bowen Orr Bayh O'Bannon Kernan Daniels Pence Holcomb

See also: Governor of Indiana

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Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
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from Indiana

1st district

Prince Call Boon Blake Boon Proffit Owen Embree Albertson Lockhart Miller Lockhart Niblack Law Niblack Fuller Heilman Kleiner Hovey Posey Parrett Taylor Hemenway Foster Boehne Sr. Lieb Denton Luhring W. Wilson Rowbottom Boehne Jr. Schulte Madden Benjamin Hall Visclosky

2nd district

Jennings Carr Ewing J. W. Davis Ewing J. W. Davis Thompson Henley Dunham English Cravens Kerr Wolfe Williams Humphreys Cobb O'Neall Bretz Hardy Miers Chaney Cullop Bland Greenwood Durgan Halleck Landgrebe Fithian Sharp McIntosh Pence Chocola Donnelly Walorski

3rd district

Test O. Smith Test Carty Carr Graham Carr J. L. White T. Smith Robinson Dunham Dunn Hughes Dunn Harrington R. Hill Hunter Holman Kerr Carr Bicknell Stockslager Howard Brown Tracewell Zenor Cox Dunbar Gardner Dunbar Crowe Pettengill Grant Crook Crumpacker Nimtz Brademas Hiler Roemer Souder Stutzman Banks

4th district

Lane Dunn T. Smith Cravens C. Smith Julian Parker Lane Cumback Foley Holman Farquhar Holman Julian Je. Wilson New Sexton New Holman Watson Holman Griffith Dixon Benham Canfield Farley Gillie Kruse Adair Roush Quayle Coats Long Souder Buyer Rokita

5th district

McCarty Rariden Kennedy Brown Wick Brown Hendricks Parker Holloway Kilgore Julian Coburn Holman Browne Matson Cooper Overstreet Faris Holliday Moss Sanders N. Johnson Gillen Griswold Harness Walsh Beamer Roush Roudebush Hillis Jontz Buyer Burton Brooks

6th district

Kinnard Herod Wick Wallace J. W. Davis Dunn Gorman Hendricks Barbour Gregg Porter Dumont Coburn Voorhees Hunter Robinson Myers Browne H. Johnson Watson Barnard Gray Comstock Elliott Larrabee Jenckes N. Johnson Harden Wampler Roudebush Bray Evans Burton Pence Messer

7th district

Hannegan A. White Howard Lane Wright McGaughey Thompson McGaughey J. G. Davis Scott J. G. Davis Voorhees Washburn Orth Manson Cason Landers Hanna Matyr Peelle English Bynum Henry Overstreet Korbly Moores Updike Ludlow Greenwood Landis Noland Bray Myers Pease Kerns J. Carson A. Carson

8th district

Pettit McDonald Mace Ja. Wilson A. White Orth Tyner Hunter Hostetler Peirce Lamb Johnston Brookshire Faris Henry Cromer Adair Vestal Boehne Jr. La Follette Mitchell Denton Merrill Denton Zion Hayes Cornwell Deckard McCloskey Hostettler Ellsworth Bucshon

9th district

Sample Cathcart Fitch Eddy Shanks Cason M. White Orth Doxey Ward Cheadle Waugh Hanly Landis Morrison Purnell Crowe E. Wilson Hogan E. Wilson Hamilton B. Hill Sodrel B. Hill Young Hollingsworth

10th district

Kennedy Rockhill Harlan Brenton Chamberlain Case Mitchell Edgerton Defrees Williams Sayler Haymond Calkins Motte T. Wood Owen Patton Hammond Hatch Crumpacker Peterson W. Wood Gray Springer Harvey Harmon Harvey Roudebush Dennis Sharp Jacobs Jr. J. Carson

11th district

Harlan Pettit Shanks McDowell Stilwell Shanks Packard Evans Cowgill Steele Martin Steele Landis Rauch Kraus Cook Hall Griswold Larrabee Ludlow Jacobs Sr. Brownson Barr Bruce Jacobs Jr. Hudnut Jacobs Jr.

12th district

Hamilton Colerick Lowry J. B. White McClellan McNagny Leighty Robinson Gilbert Gilhams Cline Fairfield Hogg Ludlow

13th district

Baker Calkins Shively Ford Shively Conn Royse Brick Barnhart Hickey Pettengill

At-large

Hendricks Jennings Packard / Orth / Williams

Territory

Parke Thomas Jennings

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