Who Is Mike Pence, Donald Trump's Likely Vice Presidential Running Mate?

Who Is Mike Pence, Donald Trump's Likely Vice Presidential Running Mate?

Donald Trump is reportedly moving closer to choosing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate — a move that would solidify the 2016 Republican ticket.

Trump landed on Pence after a weeks-long process in which he whittled down a field that included a number of more well-known national figures, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — among others.

But who is Pence? Here are some basic facts:

Current job: Pence currently serves as governor of Indiana, a position he was elected to in 2012. 

Age: 57

Religion: Pence is an evangelical Christian — part of a group Trump is seeking to woo in his quest for president. 

Past electoral experience: Before being elected governor, Pence served in the House for 12 years — from January 2001 until January 2013. In his last two years in Congress, Pence was a member of GOP leadership as the chair of the House Republican Conference. 

Before his successful congressional bid in 2000, Pence lost two bids for Congress — one in 1988 and another two years later in 1990. 

Life before politics: Pence is a lawyer by trade. In the mid 1990s, he began a career as a talk radio host in Indiana until his election to Congress in 2000. 

Family: Pence has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1985. She is a teacher by trade, and as first lady of Indiana has spent her time focusing on education in the Hoosier State. The couple have three adult children: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.. 

Policy positions: Pence is a stalwart conservative — both fiscally and socially.

He is against "amnesty" for immigrants in the country illegally — in line with Trump's own immigration stance. The governor is also a staunch abortion rights opponent.

Moreover, he opposes both same-sex marriages and civil unions, and has gotten himself in trouble during his time in governor over his policies on LGBT issues. In fact, his own re-election bid for governor has been saddled by controversy over his handling of a religious freedom bill in the state last year, which LGBT activists and business-owners said would have unfairly targeted LGBT rights. 

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