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Mike Pence

Candidate for Vice President, Republican Party

Last Edit: August 17, 2016

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6/7/1959

Michael Richard is born in Columbus, IN to Nancy and Edward Pence, owners of multiple gas stations.

1977

An active member of the Bartholomew County Democratic Party, Mike graduates from Columbus North HS.

1977

Mike enrolls in Hanover College; he will become president of the United Campus Ministries Board.

1977

While at Hanover College, Mike joins the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and will serve as President.

1978

Raised Irish Catholic, Pence becomes an Evangelical Christian and devotes himself to Jesus Christ.

1980

In a personal political shift, Mike votes for Jimmy Carter (D) before gravitating to Reagan (R).

1981

Graduating with a B.A. In History, Pence delivers a speech to his Hanover College graduating class.

1981

Hanover College hires Pence as an admissions counselor where he works for 2 years before law school.

1983

After moving to Indianapolis, IN., Mike begins his studies at Indiana U. McKinney School of Law.

1984

Both clear on his political pursuits, Karen Batten and Mike Pence become engaged.

1985

Karen and Mike Pence marry; the couple will have 3 children together: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.

1986

Pence graduates with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

1986

Despite political ambitions, Mike begins working as an attorney in a private law practice.

1988

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Phillip Sharp (D) to US Congress over Mike (53%-47%).

1990

Although legal at the time, Pence's use of campaign funds for personal expenses undermines campaign.

1990

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Phillip Sharp (D) to US Congress over Mike (59%-41%).

1991

Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative state think tank, appoints Pence as president.

1991

Reviewing past failed campaigns, Pence pens an essay entitled Confessions of a Negative Campaigner.
2

1992

Radio talk show punditry welcomes The Mike Pence Show; Mike calls himself "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."

1994

The Mike Pence Show is syndicated, being aired on 18 radio stations through September 1999.
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1995

Mike begins hosting a Sunday morning political talk show being aired in the Indianapolis metro area.

2000

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Pence (R) to US Congress with 51% versus 3 opponents.

2001

As a freshman Congressman, Pence bucks party lines & opposes Pres. Bush's No Child Left Behind.

2002

By opposing the Medicare Rx drug expansion, Pence proves again he is unafraid to oppose his party.

2002

Pence is re-elected to US Congress (Indiana's 6th District) with 64% of the vote in a 3-party race.

2004

Pence is elected to his 3rd consecutive term as US Congressman with 67% of the vote.

2005

Climbing Republican ranks, Mike is named head of the Republican Study Committee.

2005

A fiscal conservative, Mike supports federal relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.
2

2006

In his only 2-party race, Pence wins 60% of the vote for his 4th consecutive term in US Congress.
2

2006

Rep. John Boehner from Ohio defeats Mike Pence for the position of House Minority Leader.

2008

Mike is re-elected to Indiana's 6th Congressional District with 64% of the vote.
2

2008

Mike is among the leading opponents of the controversial bank bailout package.

2008

Receiving an honorary Doctorate in Law, Pence delivers the commencement speech to his alma mater.

2008

Esquire names Rep. Mike Pence to its list of The 10 Best Members of Congress.
2

2009

The GOP unanimously elects Pence as the House Republican Conference Chairman.

2010

Despite being heavily recruited by GOP nationals, Pence decides against running for US Senate.
2

2010

With 67% of the vote, Mike is elected to his 6th straight & final term representing IN in Congress.
2

2011

Holding to core beliefs, Pence threatens a government shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood.
2

2011

Pence announces his intent to run for Governor of Indiana in 2012.
2

2012

The Indiana gubernatorial election sees Mike Pence (R) defeat John Gregg (49.6%-46.4%).
2

2013

Using President Benjamin Harrison's inauguration Bible, Pence is sworn in as 50th Governor of IN.
2

2013

Pence delivers 1st State of the State address to Indiana's General Assembly.

2013

Cuts to income tax, inheritance tax and corporate income tax mark Mike's first year.

2013

14 governors, including Mike, send letter to Pres. Obama urging progress in trade agreement talks.

2014

Mike signs a state-funded preschool program, infrastructure funds & abortion restrictions into law.
2

2015

Pence signs the Religious Freedom Restoration Act raising discrimination & religious rights debates.

2016

Indiana boasts a $2B budget surplus and a perfect AAA credit rating under Pence's leadership.

2016

A new IN law prohibiting abortion of disabled fetuses puts Mike into another heated national debate.
2

May 2016

Ted Cruz receives endorsement and campaign support from Pence while visiting Indiana.
2

May 2016

In the final year of his 4-year term as Governor of Indiana, Mike launches a re-election campaign.
2

July 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump receives Pence's support at an Indiana rally.
2

July 15, 2016

Via Twitter, Trump announces that Mike will be his running mate for the 2016 presidential election.
2

July 20, 2016

In Cleveland, Mike accepts the vice presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.
2

10/4/2016

Dem. VP nominee Tim Kaine and Mike spar in vice presidential debate. Pundits give edge to Pence.
2

11/8/2016

Despite losing popular vote by 2.8M, the Rep. Trump-Pence ticket wins the electoral college 306-232.
1950s

6/7/1959

Michael Richard is born in Columbus, IN to Nancy and Edward Pence, owners of multiple gas stations.

1970s

1977

An active member of the Bartholomew County Democratic Party, Mike graduates from Columbus North HS.

1977

Mike enrolls in Hanover College; he will become president of the United Campus Ministries Board.

1977

While at Hanover College, Mike joins the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta and will serve as President.

1978

Raised Irish Catholic, Pence becomes an Evangelical Christian and devotes himself to Jesus Christ.

1980s

1980

In a personal political shift, Mike votes for Jimmy Carter (D) before gravitating to Reagan (R).

1981

Graduating with a B.A. In History, Pence delivers a speech to his Hanover College graduating class.

1981

Hanover College hires Pence as an admissions counselor where he works for 2 years before law school.

1983

After moving to Indianapolis, IN., Mike begins his studies at Indiana U. McKinney School of Law.

1984

Both clear on his political pursuits, Karen Batten and Mike Pence become engaged.

1985

Karen and Mike Pence marry; the couple will have 3 children together: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.

1986

Pence graduates with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law.

1986

Despite political ambitions, Mike begins working as an attorney in a private law practice.

1988

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Phillip Sharp (D) to US Congress over Mike (53%-47%).

1990s

1990

Although legal at the time, Pence's use of campaign funds for personal expenses undermines campaign.

1990

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Phillip Sharp (D) to US Congress over Mike (59%-41%).

1991

Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative state think tank, appoints Pence as president.

1991

Reviewing past failed campaigns, Pence pens an essay entitled Confessions of a Negative Campaigner.

1992

Radio talk show punditry welcomes The Mike Pence Show; Mike calls himself "Rush Limbaugh on decaf."

1994

The Mike Pence Show is syndicated, being aired on 18 radio stations through September 1999.

1995

Mike begins hosting a Sunday morning political talk show being aired in the Indianapolis metro area.

2000s

2000

Indiana's 2nd Congressional District elects Pence (R) to US Congress with 51% versus 3 opponents.

2001

As a freshman Congressman, Pence bucks party lines & opposes Pres. Bush's No Child Left Behind.

2002

By opposing the Medicare Rx drug expansion, Pence proves again he is unafraid to oppose his party.

2002

Pence is re-elected to US Congress (Indiana's 6th District) with 64% of the vote in a 3-party race.

2004

Pence is elected to his 3rd consecutive term as US Congressman with 67% of the vote.

2005

Climbing Republican ranks, Mike is named head of the Republican Study Committee.

2005

A fiscal conservative, Mike supports federal relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims.

2006

In his only 2-party race, Pence wins 60% of the vote for his 4th consecutive term in US Congress.

2006

Rep. John Boehner from Ohio defeats Mike Pence for the position of House Minority Leader.

2008

Mike is re-elected to Indiana's 6th Congressional District with 64% of the vote.

2008

Mike is among the leading opponents of the controversial bank bailout package.

2008

Receiving an honorary Doctorate in Law, Pence delivers the commencement speech to his alma mater.

2008

Esquire names Rep. Mike Pence to its list of The 10 Best Members of Congress.

2009

The GOP unanimously elects Pence as the House Republican Conference Chairman.

2010s

2010

Despite being heavily recruited by GOP nationals, Pence decides against running for US Senate.

2010

With 67% of the vote, Mike is elected to his 6th straight & final term representing IN in Congress.

2011

Holding to core beliefs, Pence threatens a government shutdown over defunding Planned Parenthood.

2011

Pence announces his intent to run for Governor of Indiana in 2012.

2012

The Indiana gubernatorial election sees Mike Pence (R) defeat John Gregg (49.6%-46.4%).

2013

Using President Benjamin Harrison's inauguration Bible, Pence is sworn in as 50th Governor of IN.

2013

Pence delivers 1st State of the State address to Indiana's General Assembly.

2013

Cuts to income tax, inheritance tax and corporate income tax mark Mike's first year.

2013

14 governors, including Mike, send letter to Pres. Obama urging progress in trade agreement talks.

2014

Mike signs a state-funded preschool program, infrastructure funds & abortion restrictions into law.

2015

Pence signs the Religious Freedom Restoration Act raising discrimination & religious rights debates.

2016

Indiana boasts a $2B budget surplus and a perfect AAA credit rating under Pence's leadership.

2016

A new IN law prohibiting abortion of disabled fetuses puts Mike into another heated national debate.

May 2016

Ted Cruz receives endorsement and campaign support from Pence while visiting Indiana.

May 2016

In the final year of his 4-year term as Governor of Indiana, Mike launches a re-election campaign.

July 2016

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump receives Pence's support at an Indiana rally.

July 15, 2016

Via Twitter, Trump announces that Mike will be his running mate for the 2016 presidential election.

July 20, 2016

In Cleveland, Mike accepts the vice presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention.

10/4/2016

Dem. VP nominee Tim Kaine and Mike spar in vice presidential debate. Pundits give edge to Pence.

11/8/2016

Despite losing popular vote by 2.8M, the Rep. Trump-Pence ticket wins the electoral college 306-232.

1/20/2017

1/20/2017

Mike is sworn into the office of US Vice President by US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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