Mike Pence or Michael Richard “Mike” Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician and attorney. As of 2016 he is the 50th Governor of Indiana. Mike Pence was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2000. In 2016 he was chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate for the Republican Party.
Pence was raised Catholic, but over the years has “made a commitment to Christ” and claims to be a born-again Evangelist Catholic. He said in another statement that he is “a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order.” Mike butted heads with the Archdiocese of Indiana over an issue and seems to be increasingly against Catholicism. When he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act it made him very popular with hardcore conservatives and Evangelists.
Mike Pence rose rapidly to the top of the political hierarchy and has recently even been urged by fellow republicans to replace Donald Trump as the Presidential Candidate in the 2016 Election. Before Pence’s Vice Presidential campaign, his approval ratings as the Governor of Indiana had fallen significantly. Many had not heard of him besides when he made the headlines for signing the anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Restoration Act. He attempted to keep Syrian refugees out of Indiana, which put him at odds with the Archdiocese and many others. Despite his controversial political past, his political record seems to be overlooked due to the fact that Donald Trump is all over the news for saying controversial things.
Pence enjoys cartooning. Esquire magazine discovered a comic that he wrote 30 years ago called, “Law School Daze.”
He has been married to Karen Pence since 1985.
His favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz. Mike’s favorite food is bacon and he is also an animal lover. He and his wife, Karen have a beagle named Maverick and two cats named Pickle and Oreo.
Pence grew up in Columbus, Indiana and graduated from Hanover College. He earned a law degree from the McKinney School of Law before entering private practice. After losing two bids for a U.S. congressional seat in 1988 and 1990, he decided to switch gears and became a conservative radio and television talk show host from 1994 to 1999. Pence jumped back into politics after 1999 and successfully ran for Congress in 2000 and represented Indiana’s 2nd and 6th congressional districts in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. From there he rose to the position of chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.Pence positioned himself as a big supporter of the Tea Party Movement.
Mike faced a lot of backlash in 2012 after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and also signed controversial abortion bills, including one that prohibited abortions if the reason for the procedure was the fetus’ race, gender, or disability.
[M]any young men find many young women to be attractive sexually. Many young women find many young men to be attractive sexually. Put them together, in close quarters, for long periods of time, and things will get interesting … Moral of story: women in military, bad idea.
While that amendment failed, human cloning continues to advance and the breakthrough in this unethical and morally questionable science is around the corner.