Congressman Mike Pence, (IN-6)
Born:June 7, 1959, Columbus, Indiana
Spouse(s): Karen Pence
Residence : Columbus, Indiana
Alma mater: Hanover College, Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis
Profession: attorney, talk show host
Religion: Evangelical Christian
Political Career :
- 1988 and 1990, losing to longtime Democratic incumbent Phil Sharp
- 2000, Pence was elected after six-year incumbentDavid McIntosh opted to run for governor of Indiana and after being reelected 4 more times, Pence remains in Congress today
- 2006, Mike Pence announced his candidacy for House minority leader. He lost to Representative John Boehner of Ohio by a vote of 168-27-1 (the one vote went to Representative Joe Barton of Texas)
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Mike Pence is one of the most politically attractive Conservatives on the docket today. He is articulate, energetic, bright, gutsy, and from America’s heartland. He was named “Man of the Year” by the leading conservative publication Human Events for his leadership on behalf of fiscal discipline,described by the Washington Post as “A New Face on Conservatism” observing, “he delivered conservative opinions with the even tones and polite demeanor of his Midwest upbringing” andportrayed by Business week as a “new power broker” Syndicated columnist George Will singled out Pence and Governor Mitch Daniels’ brand of conservatism as the “wave of the future.” Peggy Noonan has complimented Pence on his ability to maintain an upbeat attitude even in a partisan environment, quoting him as saying “I’m a conservative, but I’m not in a bad mood about it.” An April 2006 profile in U.S. News and World Report said Pence “has emerged as a powerful force, moving Congress further to the right.” and in 2008 Pence was listed as one of the top ten legislators by Esquire magazine in 2008 and mentioned as a possible candidate for President in that same year.
Much of this acclaim was earned through his record in Congress, where Pence has served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee since 2003. He has previously served on the Judiciary Committee where he participated in drafting the Patriot Act and legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and served on theAgriculture and Small Business committees. Additionally, Pence has served as Ranking Member on the Select Committee to Investigate the Voting Irregularities and as Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism, where he works to condemn all forms of anti-Semitism around the world, the ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia and as theformer chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans.
During the 109th Congress, Pence developed a comprehensive immigration solution involving a no-amnesty guest worker proposal. His “No Amnesty Immigration Reform” won much praise but not from Democrats in control of Congress. As a member of the Agriculture Committee, Congressman Pence participated in drafting the 2002 Farm Bill. He worked closely with Senator Richard Lugar to advance the vision of Freedom to Farm.
Pence is probably most vocal and active on issues like abortion, American security and sovereignty, spending, the budget and taxes.
On the sanctity of life Pence has been a strong opponent of federal funding for elective abortions in accordance with the Hyde Amendment,Congressman Pence introduced the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act. This bill would prohibit any federal funds from being awarded to family planning organizations that provide abortions. Pence and has also voted against federal subsidies for embryonic stem cell research. In the area of taxes and spending Pence has cosponsored pork barrel spending reform, voted for the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts and advocates making them permanent.
Being from Indiana, Pence is also a leader in the area of farming legislation and is driving force behind such initiatives as the Farming Flexibility Act .
In the area of foreignaffairs and terrorism,few are more conservative than Mike Pence.He is strongly opposed to shutting down Guantanamo Bay and trying the suspected terrorists in the US.He believes that trying detainees inside the United States puts international public relations ahead of public safety and makes a mockery of American justice. Pence believes that the Obama administration must overturn this wrongheaded decision and asan alternative, wants enemy combatantsto be tried in military tribunals. He opposes setting a public withdrawal date from Iraq.
Laced through all of Pence’s positionsare issues of freedom, issues which Mike believes lie at the heart of our Republic. Pence opposeHouse Democrats and sought the discharge of the Broadcaster Freedom Act, a bill that would restore the Fairness Doctrine,believing that failure to do so will “censor the airwaves of American talk radio and American Christian radio“. Other similar bills include the Free Flow of Information Act and the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act,a bill that seeks to highlight and promote freedom of the press worldwide.
Mike Pence could have caught fire in the G.O.P. presidential primaries. He had already done so with many conservatives nationally. The biggest shame is that he failed to become The Republican minority leader of the House a few years back. Leadership struggles are often bitter battles that give all the spoils to the victor and place the loser on the bottom of the legislativetotem pole. For challenging David Boehner, Pence pays a price for not being in his favor. Yet Mike still did well for himself. But Pence’s inability to get elected Minority Leadxer and eventually Speaker of the House meant that Repoublicans lost out on the type of conservative, idea oriented leadership that Newt Gingrich gave to House Republicans when he was Speaker
Until recently the leadership of Republicans in the House and Senate have been nothing more than moderators of mainstream populism whose greatestsuccess to date is keeping their minority margins in line—— aline that is going nowhere, with little enthusiasm and little innovation. Mike Pence would have turned that assessment around. But now, with the infusion of the T.E.A. movement, the GOP and its leadership seem to have caught on and Pence seems ready to pounce on the energy of the TEA movement
A presidential bid for Pence in 2012 is was likely. He had even given up his leadership position in the House, despite the fact that it had now become a post in the ruling majority. But as it turned out he did so not to make expected run for President but to run for Governor of Indiana instead
With many of the big name conservatives like Barbour, Palin, Romney, Thune, and even fellow Hoosier Mitch Daniels, having not entered the race for President Mike would have done well for himself against the likes of Pawlentry, Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, Cain, and even Romney.
But as it turns out, that day may come later rather than sooner. Probably after he has finished his first or second term as Governor of Indiana.
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