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Mike Pence

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Dan Burton

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by David McIntosh
Succeeded by Chris Chocola

Born June 7, 1959 (1959-06-07) (age 50)
Columbus, Indiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Pence
Residence Columbus, Indiana
Alma mater Hanover College, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
Occupation attorney, talk show host
Religion Evangelical Christian

Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives for Indiana's 6th congressional district. He currently serves as Chairman of the House Republican Conference, a senior leadership position, for the 111th United States Congress.[1] Pence's district covers much of Eastern Indiana.


Early life and family

Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, one of six children. He attended Columbus North High School and graduated from Hanover College with a B.A. and the Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington with a J.D.. After completing his education he was a practicing attorney and radio talk show host, based out of then WRCR-FM (now WIFE-FM), in Rushville, Indiana. He served as President of Indiana Policy Review. He and his wife Karen have three children.

Political career

Pence ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 1988 and 1990, losing to longtime Democratic incumbent Phil Sharp. In 2000, however, Pence was elected after six-year incumbent David McIntosh opted to run for governor of Indiana.

His first term in Congress began in January 2001. The 6th District comprises all or portions of 19 counties in eastern Indiana, and was numbered as the 2nd District during his first term in Congress. He has been reelected four more times by comfortable margins. In the 2006 House elections, he defeated Democrat Barry Welsh. He was listed as one of the top ten legislators by Esquire magazine in 2008.[2]

Mike Pence was mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2008. However, he did not run for President. In June 2009, an MSNBC political blog listed him as one of a dozen or so possible Republican candidates for President in 2012.[3] That month, the Des Moines Register reported that he planned to visit the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area in late July.[4] Iowa has the first caucus in early 2012, before the primaries in other states. He also scheduled a visit to New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, in 2010.[5]

Pence had been encouraged by William Kristol of The Weekly Standard,[6] among others, to run in 2010 against incumbent Democratic Senator Evan Bayh.[7][8] Pence led Senator Bayh by a 3 point margin according to Rasmussen polling done on January 21 and 24, 2010.[9] On January 26, 2010, in an open letter to friends and supporters through Facebook, Pence announced his decision not to run for the Senate; he cited his role in the Republican leadership and the belief that Republicans would win back the House in 2010 as his reasons for staying in the House of Representatives.[10]

Committee assignments

Caucus associations

  • Ranking member of the Congressional Internet Caucus
    • The Congressional Internet Caucus works to "educate the Congress and the public about important Internet-related policy issues"[1]
  • Co-Chair Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism
    • The Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism is a bipartisan caucus,formed in 2007 to "bring to light specific cases of anti-Semitism and educate Members of Congress, world leaders and citizens about the horrors that these cases pose on society".[11] The CTFAS introduced legislation "condemning rising trends in anti-Semitic activity in the United States and abroad"[12] in spring of 2009.

Political positions

He is the former chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans. He was succeeded in the 110th Congress by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX). Pence describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."[13]

Civil Liberties

Pence staunchly opposes anti-semitism and is co-chair of the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism. In May 2007 Pence publicly opposed expanding federal hate crimes protection to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Insisting that the protection bill is "This legislation is unnecessary and bad public policy...the hate crimes bill is broad enough to encompass legitimate beliefs, and protecting the rights of freedom of speech and religion must be paramount in our minds."[14]

Immigration reform

In June 2006, Pence unveiled a plan he describes as "no amnesty immigration reform" consisting of increased border security, followed by strict enforcement of laws against hiring illegal aliens, and a guest worker program. This guest worker program requires potential participants to apply from their home country to government-approved job placement agencies that match workers with employers who cannot find Americans for the job.[15] The plan has received support from conservative leaders such as Dick Armey.[16] Pat Buchanan described this as "stealth amnesty," claiming that it is merely a "one week vacation" for illegal immigrants to return to their home country to apply for jobs under the program.[17] Others (Phyllis Schlafly and Tom Tancredo) have criticized Pence's plan.[18][19]


Pence voted for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and advocates making them permanent, as well as the Partial Birth Abortion Ban and "Operation Offset" to counterbalance Hurricane Katrina spending. He has been a strong opponent of federal funding for elective abortions in accordance with the Hyde Amendment. He has voted against federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research, and has cosponsored pork barrel spending reform. He was influential in the RSC's Top Ten Agenda for 2006.[20]

Visit to Iraq

Pence is a staunch opponent of setting a public withdrawal date from Iraq. During an April 2007 visit to Baghdad, Pence and John McCain visited Shorja market, the site of a deadly attack in February, 2007, that claimed the lives of 61 people. During the visit, Pence and Senator John McCain were accompanied by General David Petreus, with heavy security. Pence and McCain described the visit as evidence that the security situation in Iraqi markets have improved. Pence said he was deeply moved by his ability to "mix and mingle unfettered among ordinary Iraqis" and to have tea and haggle over the price of a rug. The Shorja market, he said, was "like a normal outdoor market in Indiana in the summer time."[21]

Guantanamo Bay

Mike Pence is strongly opposed to shutting down Guantanamo Bay and trying the suspected terrorists in the US. He believes that trying the terror suspects inside the United States puts “international public relations ahead of public safety and makes a mockery of American justice”[22]. Pence believes that “the Obama administration must overturn this wrongheaded decision”[22].

As an alternative, Pence has said that the “enemy combatants”[22] should be tried in a military tribunal.

Other issues

Recently, Pence has urged House Democrats to sign onto a petition which would discharge the Broadcaster Freedom Act, a bill that would restore the Fairness Doctrine. Pence believes that the new act will "censor the airwaves of American talk radio and American Christian radio".[23]

Pence is an advocate of a federal restrictions of online gambling. In 2006, he along with 34 others cosponsored H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[24] and H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[25]

Candidacy for House Republican leadership


On November 8, 2006, Mike Pence announced his candidacy for leader of the Republican Party (minority leader) in the United States House of Representatives.[26]

Pence's release announcing his run for minority leader focused on a "return to the values" of the 1994 Republican Revolution.[27] He said regarding the Contract with America: "Our opponents will say that the American people rejected our Republican vision. I say the American people didn't quit on the Contract with America, we did. And in so doing, we severed the bonds of trust between our party and millions of our most ardent supporters..."[27]

Some political analysts, such as Robert D. Novak, say Pence benefited in the long run from the endorsement of numerous organizations and individuals aligned with the party's base. Some of those include Human Events,[28] Laura Ingraham,[29] and Rush Limbaugh.[30] Ingraham stated on her show, "If there is a God in heaven, (Pence) will be the next House minority leader."[29] Pence also received support from the Club for Growth, The Wall Street Journal and David Keene from the American Conservative Union.

On November 17, Pence lost to Representative John Boehner of Ohio by a vote of 168-27-1 (the one vote went to Representative Joe Barton of Texas).[31]


After defeating Rev. Barry Welsh in the 2008 House election, Pence was elected by his GOP colleagues to become the Republican Conference Chairman, the third-highest-ranking Republican leadership position. He ran unopposed and was elected unanimously. He is the first Representative from Indiana to hold a House leadership position since 1981.[1]


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana to get House GOP's No. 3 leadership job". TheIndyChannel.com. November 19, 2008. http://www.indystar.com/article/20081119/NEWS05/811190387. Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  2. ^ "10:01 p.m.: Challengers face uphill battle". The Herald Bulletin. 2008-10-21. http://www.theheraldbulletin.com/local/local_story_295220142.html. Retrieved 2009-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Curse of the 2012 GOP candidate?". MSNBC. June 24, 2009. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/06/24/1976019.aspx. 
  4. ^ Tom Beaumont (June 29, 2009). "House GOP’s Pence to visit eastern Iowa in July". Des Moines Register. http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2009/06/29/house-gops-pence-to-visit-eastern-iowa-in-july/. 
  5. ^ CNN.com: Pence to visit New Hampshire
  6. ^ December 21, 2009 10:26 AM (2009-12-21). "Kristol: Draft Pence!". The Weekly Standard. http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/12/kristol_draft_pence.asp. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Is Pence inspired? - Josh Kraushaar". Politico.Com. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31707.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  8. ^ Norman Cox, Capitol Watchdog. "Bayh Criticizes 'Ultraliberal' Leanings After GOP Upset - Indiana News Story - WRTV Indianapolis". Theindychannel.com. http://www.theindychannel.com/news/22286758/detail.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  9. ^ "Election 2010: Indiana Senate - Rasmussen Reports™". Rasmussenreports.com. 2010-01-25. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/indiana/election_2010_indiana_senate. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Incompatible Browser". Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/inbox/?ref=mb#/notes/mike-pence/open-letter-to-friends-and-supporters/271331298892. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  11. ^ By · August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01). "Congressional anti-Semitism task force launched | JTA - Jewish & Israel News". JTA. http://jta.org/news/article/2007/08/01/103360/antiSemitismCongress. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Congressional Task Force introduces legislation condemning anti-Semitism « Orange County Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism". Octaskforce.wordpress.com. 2009-05-01. http://octaskforce.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/congressional-task-force-introduces-legislation-condemning-anti-semitism/. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  13. ^ A Compromise Plan on Immigration - TIME
  14. ^ "Pence Opposes Hate Crimes Bill". Mikepence.house.gov. 2007-05-03. http://mikepence.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=512&catid=38%3A2007-news&Itemid=56. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  15. ^ U.S. Congressman Mike Pence : 6th District Of Indiana
  16. ^ Immigration Proposal Aims to Bridge Republican Divide - washingtonpost.com
  17. ^ WorldNetDaily: The stealth amnesty of Rep. Mike Pence
  18. ^ Guest Workers Aren't Cheap; They're Expensive - July 2006 Phyllis Schlafly Report
  19. ^ http://tancredo.house.gov/press/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=1218
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Visiting Iraq, McCain Cites Progress on Safety Issues". washingtonpost.com. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/01/AR2007040100325.html. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  22. ^ a b c "Pence Urges President to Overturn "Wrongheaded Decision" Regarding Gitmo Detainees". Mikepence.house.gov. http://mikepence.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3794&Itemid=71. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  23. ^ "Pence Responds To Pelosi Plan To Restore Fairness Doctrine". Mikepence.house.gov. 2008-07-07. http://mikepence.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=321&catid=37%3A2009-news&Itemid=56. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  24. ^ Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4411
  25. ^ Thomas (Library of Congress): HR 4777
  26. ^ U.S. Congressman Mike Pence : 6th District Of Indiana
  27. ^ a b U.S. Congressman Mike Pence : 6th District Of Indiana
  28. ^ Our View: Mike Pence for Minority Leader - HUMAN EVENTS
  29. ^ a b The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (B2,20061117,NEWS02,61117003,AR)
  30. ^ The article requested can not be found! Please refresh your browser or go back. (B2,20061117,NEWS02,61117003,AR)
  31. ^ "Boehner elected as Republican leader: Succeeds Hastert in top GOP role in Democratic-controlled House", Associated Press, November 17, 2006

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David M. McIntosh
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 2nd congressional district

2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
Chris Chocola
Preceded by
Dan Burton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

2003 – present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Sue Myrick
North Carolina
Chairman of the Republican Study Committee
Succeeded by
Jeb Hensarling
Preceded by
Adam Putnam
Chairman of House Republican Conference
2009 – Present
Succeeded by

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