At a Glance
- Career History: House Republican Conference Chairman November 2008-November 2010); Chairman, Republican Study Committee (2005-2006); Radio Host, Mike Pence Show (1994 to 2000)
- Birthday: June 7, 1959
- Hometown: Columbus, Ind.
- Alma Mater: Hanover College, B.A., 1980; Indiana University, J.D, 1986
- Spouse: Karen
- Religion: Protestant
- DC Office: 100 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-3021
- District Offices: Anderson, 765-640-2919; Richmond, 765-962-2883; Muncie, 765-747-5566
Path to Power
Pence was born in Columbus, Ind., one of six children.
Pence received his undergraduate degree from Hanover College in 1980. It was at Hanover that he experienced a conversion of sorts - from Democrat sympathizer to Republican, and from Catholic to evangelical protestant. He attended Indiana University law school, where he received his J.D. in 1986.
Pence is one of the most outspoken conservatives in the Republican Party. He is a particular champion of controlling the federal budget and cutting government spending, and also supports free markets and "traditional" values.
His decisions are guided by his religion - he tells people "I am a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."
Pence works closely with other conservative members of the House. He is especially close with Hensarling and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.). He worked with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on the 2005 federal shield law to protect journalists and has allied himself with prominent senators such as Hutchison.
Pence was the only House member to file a lawsuit charging that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law was unconstitutional. At the time, he said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) "was so deep in bed with the Democrats his feet are coming out of the bottom of the sheets." Their relationship has remained chilly.