1. Stable and Successful Background- He was born on June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana, the state he was elected governor for. Born to Nancy Pence-Fritsch and Edward Pence, gas station owner, he was raised in a Evangelical Christian household and has Irish heritage. He graduated from Hanover College (Indiana), B.A., 1981; Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1986. However, a year prior, he married Karen Pence (1985-present). They have three children: Michael; Charlotte; Audrey.

  2. He’s Always put his Faith First before Politics- Pence once hosted a talk radio show, the Mike Pence Show. The show ran from 1992 until 1999, syndicated on 18 stations in Indiana, where he would discuss his faith and his values. During the 2010 Value Voter Summit, Pence took the stage and said, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

  3. He Didn’t Vote for Reagan- Pence was a Democrat as a teen. He has said that he voted for Jimmy Carter, not Ronald Reagan, in the 1980 election.

  4. Pence Penned the Religious Freedom Restoration Act- In March 2015, signed a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, banning local governments from intervening when businesses turn away customers for religious reasons. The law sparks concerns about discrimination, particularly within the LGBT community. After the law is passed, a wave of boycotts and petitions roil the state, with companies like Apple and organizations like the NCAA criticizing the bill and threatening to reconsider future business opportunities in Indiana.

  5. The Governor Then Revised the Bill- After taking on criticism, Pence signed a new version of the bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.