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Mike Pence facts: 9 things to know about Trump's VP pick

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks on Thursday, July

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence speaks on Thursday, July 14, 2016, in Indianapolis. Credit: AP

Donald Trump, after much suspense, announced that he chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. 

But who is this figure in Indiana politics?

Pence, 57, was elected to Congress in the early 2000s and governor in 2012. The married father of three is an evangelical Christian, who describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."

Learn more about the governor with these nine facts:

1. The Indiana governor initially backed Sen. Ted Cruz for president before the Indiana Republican primary, but has since voiced his support for Trump after Cruz’s exit from the race. Late last year, Pence tweeted he strongly opposed Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States.

2. Pence used to host his own conservative talk radio show called “The Mike Pence Show,” syndicated from 1994 to 1999. He called himself “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” as a way of saying he was conservative, yet more reserved than Limbaugh, according to NPR.

3. He signed a “religious freedom” bill into law in Indiana in 2015. Opponents criticized the decision, saying it allowed business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers, according to NBC News. Within days, he amended the law to address their concerns.

4. He grew up in an Irish Catholic family and began his political career as a Democrat, according to CBN News. He was also an admirer of John F. Kennedy.

5. He opposed repealing the military's “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy on LGBT service members while he was a congressman, Reuters reports.

6. The Indiana state website lists the born-again Christian's favorite book as the Holy Bible.

7. Pence did not support the 2008 Wall Street bailout, Reuters reports.

8. Pence supports restrictive abortion regulations and has asked Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, according to Reuters.

9. Pence has strong ties to billionaire brothers and donors Charles and David Koch, including several top aides who have worked for them. However, the Koch brothers have stayed on the sidelines during the presidential race, and the Washington Post reports Pence's name on the ticket won't draw them into the race. 


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