Mike Pence is the Vice President of the United States and former Governor of Indiana.
Born in Indiana in 1959, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence attended Hanover College and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. After losing two bids for a U.S. congressional seat, he became a conservative radio and TV talk show host in the 1990s. Although he voted for Jimmy Carter in 1980, he became inspired by Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party. After graduating with a B.A. in history in 1981, he moved to Indianapolis in 1983 to attend the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1986.
Pence successfully ran for Congress in 2000, rising to the powerful position of Republican conference chairman before being elected governor of Indiana in 2012. In July 2016, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump selected Pence as his vice presidential running mate. On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected Vice President of the United States when Trump won the presidential race. He was sworn in as the U.S. Vice President on January 20, 2017.
Pence has been married to his wife Karen since 1985. A former elementary school teacher, Karen has also been involved with youth-related nonprofit organizations. The couple has three adult children: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.