Mike Pence Uses His Family Values To Start A Political Career To Greatness
Before Mike Pence became the vice-president of the U.S., he was just another person with an American Dream. Born June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana, Michael R. Pence was one of six children of Edward and Nancy Pence. He watched as his mother and father was able to build what mattered – a business, family and reputation.
Pence’s Family Values Shape His Future
When Pence was 17, his grandfather arrived in the U.S. It was then the whole family would move to the Midwest. In the tiny little Indiana town, his mother and father began a convenience store that was extremely successful. It was here that he learned how important hard work was – that along with family and faith.
In 1981, the future V.P. went to Hanover College and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He also renewed his faith in Christianity, making it a cornerstone of his life. He went to law school at the Indiana University School of Law and met his future wife, Karen.
He started practicing law after graduation; he also led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and started hosting “The Mike Pence Show.” This shows was a weekly television public affairs program and syndicated talk radio show in Indiana.
As he moved up socially in the world, his wife gave birth to his three children – Audrey, Charlotte and Michael.
His Political Ambitions and How He Helped His State
Pence knew, after growing up in the state with other hardworking citizens, that he wanted to give back. He launched his political career in 2000 with a bid for a local congressional seat. He became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives when he was 40 years old, which he would continue to do for six times.
His platforms involved limited government, economic development, educational opportunities, fiscal responsibility and protecting the U.S. Constitution. It wasn’t long before other members of Congress saw his leadership abilities and chose him to serve as chairmans for both the House Republican Conference and House Republican Study Committee. This role allowed him to reduce government oversight and decrease spending.
He was also able to give power back to local governments and states.
Pence was also governor of Indiana, which allowed him to boost funding for schools, expand school choice and develop the first Pre-K plan funded by the state. His priority was focused on technical and career education in all high schools.
During his leadership, he invested over $800 million in new money for state roads and bridges. Although there were record tax cuts and new investments made in both schools and roads, the state was able to stay fiscally responsible. The future Vice President was able to work side by side with Indiana General Assembly members to pass fair, balanced budgets that gave Indiana a strong reserve and AAA credit ratings the rest of the nation were jealous of.
Pence, with his record executive and legislative experience, is the success story of Indiana. For that reason, and his committed family values, it was no surprise when, in July 2016, the future president Donald Trump asked him to be his running mate.
On Nov. 8, 2016, Mike Pence became Vice President Mike Pence, being sworn in office alongside President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017.