6 Things You Should Know About Mike Pence
On Thursday, Roll Call reported that Donald Trump will choose Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate, according to an unknown source. Trump's campaign has officially denied this report, saying that he has not yet made his choice. Nevertheless, recent reports say Pence has dropped his re-election campaign to accept the position beside The Donald.
Trump has been in Indiana this week, and has already campaigned with Pence. Reportedly, Pence has flown out to New Jersey to formally accept the role. A formal announcement is expected Friday.
Here are five things you need to know about the Indiana governor.
1. He has a long history in politics.
In the 1990s, Pence had a radio talk show called The Mike Pence Show, and did a Sunday TV show in Indianapolis. He described himself as "Rush Limbaugh on decaf," meaning he's not quite as bombastic as Rush, but just as conservative.
Pence served in Congress for 12 years (2001-2013), before becoming governor of Indiana in 2013. According to Roll Call, of the 90 bills and resolutions he sponsored, only 21 passed one house, and zero became law. Pence was a stalwart conservative who opposed President George W. Bush's big government policies, such as No Child Left Behind.
As a congressman, Pence reached the number three post in House Republican leadership, as chairman of the House Republican Conference. His fellow Republicans encouraged him to run for Senate against Evan Bayh, but he declined.
He was elected governor of Indiana in 2012 and has served over three years as executive of that state.