"My fellow Hoosiers, I'm here to announce that today in New York City, I accepted Donald Trump's invitation to run and serve as Vice President of the United States of America," Pence said during a homecoming rally late Saturday afternoon at the Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville, Indiana. "My family and I couldn’t be more humbled -- couldn't be more humbled and honored by the confidence that our nominee and his family have placed in us."
With his wife Karen and their daughter Charlotte joining him, Pence said, "The last few days have been pretty overwhelming, but this is the best part. Karen and I will cherish this Hoosier homecoming for the rest of our lives." Also joining the 57-year old, was Indiana senator Dan Coats.
"Thank you for the opportunities that you've given our family to serve the state of Indiana," Pence, who has served as the state's governor since 2013. "Your support and Indiana's example has carried us to this moment. Our state is inspiring the nation, and I'm going to take Hoosier ideals to Washington, D.C."
Pence urged his constituents to vote for Trump in November. "Let's make Indiana the first state on the board to make Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States," he said, "and send another Hoosier to the vice president's office."