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Friday morning, Republican candidate Donald Trump revealed Mike Pence as his Vice Presidential nominee. This decision has been long awaited by Republican voters and speculated over time and time again by conservative commentators.

Pence’s executive experience in government balances out the Republican ticket, as Presidential nominee Donald Trump campaigns on being a Washington outsider. He is certainly not lacking in experience, after graduating from law school in 1986, he worked as an attorney in private practice. In 1991, Pence became the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and a member of the State Policy Network. His next move brought him to a career in talk radio. The Mike Pence Show aired on 18 stations throughout the state of Indiana.

In November 2000, Pence was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. He successfully sought re-elected four times, winning with comfortable margins. His official website reads, “during his time in Congress, Mike served in leadership roles as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Chairman of the House Republican Conference. As a member of Congress, Mike developed a reputation as an advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional moral values.” On May 5, 2011, Pence announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana and was sworn in as governor on January 14, 2013.

Pence is a member of the Tea Party movement and appeals to the grassroots side of conservative politics. He had previously endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for president, but has repeatedly spoken highly of Trump. His position as vice-president may tempt many from the #NeverTrump crowd to reconsider. Speaker Paul Ryan, who has in the past shown reservations in regards to Trump’s nomination, has publicly praised Pence as a friend.

As a staunch social conservative and evangelical, Pence is projected to appeal to the Christian base in the Republican Party, who have been somewhat skeptical of Trump.

Danielle B
Danielle is a conservative political consultant who aides organizations in communicating their big ideas and empowering leaders. She works with a multitude of organizations, most notably including the American Conservation Coalition, OUTSET Network, and Future Female Leaders. Danielle can't explain why she doesn't need feminism, she's too busy succeeding without it. She likes coffee, capitalism, and proving people wrong.

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