Mike Pence

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician. He is the Vice President-elect of the United States, previously serving as the 50th Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. He is scheduled to take office as the 48th Vice President on January 20, 2017.

Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the 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 in 2000 and represented 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. Pence positioned himself as a principled ideologue and supporter of the Tea Party movement, noting he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."

Mike and Karen Pence have been married since 1985. They have three children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. During Pence's service in the House, his family lived in Arlington, Virginia, when Congress was in session. Michael Pence's son is a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Pence was raised in a Catholic family, served as an altar boy, and attended parochial school. He became a born-again Christian in college, while a member of a nondenominational Christian student group, and identified his freshman year—and specifically "a Christian music festival in Wilmore, Kentucky, in the spring of 1978" referring to the Icthus Music Festival at then Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky—as the moment he made a "commitment to Christ."

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After that point, Pence continued to attend Mass (where he met his wife) and was a Catholic youth minister.

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.

In 2013, Pence said his family was "kind of looking for a church."

He has described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order," and as "a born-again, evangelical Catholic."

Pence is a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Indianapolis Colts.

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