by David Child
The newly elected 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, chose Mike Pence as his vice-presidential running mate earlier this year.
Trump’s victory has elevated Pence to the position of vice-president elect. Here’s a bit more about the man who introduced the new Commander-in-chief.
• Mr Pence was born on 7 June 1959, in Indiana, to liberal Irish-Catholic parents, he is 57 years old.
• Pence is a born-again Christian and has been married since 1985. He is the father of three children with his wife, Karen Pence, who has worked as a teacher and artist.
• Before entering politics, Pence worked as a political commentator for radio and tv platforms. He hosted The Mike Pence Show, a politically conservative radio programme based in Indiana.
The Political career:
• Pence was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 2001, winning Indiana’s second congressional district seat.
• He has previously served as the chair of the House Republican Conference, and served on committee assignments in the House for issues including agriculture, foreign affairs and the judiciary.
• Following his role in Congress, in January 2013 he was elected as the governor of Indiana.
• Abortion – Pence is opposed to abortion and unwaveringly supports restrictions on the practice.
• LGBT rights – Pence has vehemently opposed moves to expand LGBT civil rights. He signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was accused of worsening the discrimination faced by the LGBT community. Under the weight of public pressure, Pence signed an amendment to the act which stated it could not discriminate against sexuality.
• Economic policy – Throughout his political career to date, Pence has pushed for a reduction in government spending, subsequently gaining a reputation as a fiscal conservative.
• Healthcare – Pence opposes ObamaCare and supports the repeal of the legislation.
• Immigration – Pence favours increased border security and regulation of migration to the US.
Relationship with Donald Trump:
• Pence distanced himself from Trump’s previous comments regarding the banning of Muslims from the US, labelling the remarks “offensive and unconstitutional”.
• Pence refused to defend Trump in the light of leaked remarks made by the new president regarding his sexual conduct with women.
• Despite these difficulties, Pence has declared his nomination as Trump’s vice president “the greatest honour of my life”.
• He introduced the new president as America’s “new champion” following the pair’s electoral victory.