Mike Pence: Everything You Need to Know

The VP nominee speaks on night three at the RNC.

ByInes De La Cuetara and Chris Good
July 20, 2016, 4:17 PM

— -- Name: Michael Richard "Mike" Pence

Party: Republican

Date of Birth: June 7, 1959

Age: 57

What He Does Now: 50th governor of Indiana (elected 2012, inaugurated 2013). State law bars him from seeking reelection and running for vice president at the same time.

What He Used to Do: From 2001 to 2013, Pence was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also the chairman of the House Republican conference and chairman of the Republican Study Committee. In 2006 he ran to be minority leader of the House but lost to John Boehner. Pence previously worked as an attorney at a private practice and launched two failed congressional bids before getting a job at a think tank. He also hosted a talk radio show and a TV show in Indiana.

Hometown: Columbus, Indiana

Family Tree: Pence was born to a middle-class family in Columbus, Indiana. He was one of six children. His parents, Nancy Jane and Edward Pence, ran a string of gas stations. He is of Irish Catholic descent. His grandfather was a bus driver from Chicago who came to the U.S. from Ireland via Ellis Island.

Pence and his wife, Karen, a former elementary school teacher, have been married since 1985 and have three children. Their son, Michael Pence, 24, is a Marine Corps officer. Their older daughter, Charlotte Pence, 22, is a filmmaker who recently graduated from college. Their younger daughter, Audrey Pence, 21, goes to Hanover College and considers herself socially liberal. Audrey Pence says her dad tells her he is proud of her for having formed her own opinions. The family lived in Arlington, Virginia, while he was a congressman.

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