Just Who Is Trump's Vice President Pick?

July 14, 2016Jul 14, 2016

Although it has not been confirmed by Donald Trump's campaign, which is still insisting that Trump has not made his selection of a running mate, numerous sources are saying that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence to be his running mate.

A major signal was when the Indy Star, in Pence's home state, reported that he had just ended his re-election bid for governor.

But just who is Mike Pence? He's definitely not as well known as other leading VP considerations like Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, and Jeff Sessions.


Pence is a Republican and evangelical Christian who began serving as governor in 2013. In the two previous presidential election cycles, he was mentioned as a possible candidate for the top spot. In 2000, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served multiple terms. He's noted for co-sponsoring a bill that would limit federal spending, for supporting earmark reform, for taking a hardline against illegal immigration, for supporting military action in Iraq, for being pro-Israel, and for opposing same-sex marriage.

As governor, Pence has fought for tax reform and for protecting religious liberties in the face of growing LGBT influence, which has made him a target of liberals in Indiana.

The Hill describes Pence as a "staunch social conservative" and a "deeply religious man." The New York Times describes his personality as opposite to Trump's, calling him "a low-key man largely defined in public life by his Christian faith" with a "laid-back personality."

In the '90s, Pence also hosted a conservative talk radio show. His wife Karen is a former school teacher, his son Michael is a Marine Corps officer, his oldest daughter Charlotte is a documentary filmmaker, and his youngest daughter Audrey is described as a social liberal who does not see eye-to-eye politically with her father.

What do you think of this choice? What else do you know about him?