|Governor of New Jersey|
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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana) is the conservative, pro-life, evangelical Republican governor of Indiana, and the Vice Presidential running mate of presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. Prior to being governor, Pence was one of the most conservative members of Congress, serving in the U.S. Representative from Indiana's 6th congressional district. In the 111th Congress, he served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference. Pence has also been a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Pence became nationally famous in 2015 for initially defending a new religious freedom law for Indiana businesses that would have enabled them to decline supporting the homosexual agenda, such as in being compelled to bake a cake for same-sex marriage. Ultimately Pence compromised based on intense pressure from the liberal media, by adding protection for sexual orientation into Indiana law. But subsequent events showed that Pence did stand up more against the homosexual agenda than virtually any other governor, including so-called conservatives Greg Abbott and Chris Christie.
After graduating from Hanover College in 1981 and earning a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1986, Pence became a practicing attorney and hosted a conservative radio talk show that was syndicated statewide. In 2000, Pence was elected to Congress and reelected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2005, Pence became chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group representing the most conservative members of the House. Congressman Pence describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order." 
In October 2009 Pence defended conservative talk radio, saying:
"To suggest that men and women that are taking a stand for fiscal discipline and traditional values in the national debate today only speak for ‘grassroots activists’ is absurd. As evidenced by the hundreds of thousands that filled town hall meetings this summer and the nearly a million Americans who gathered here in Washington in September. Millions of Americans, Republicans, Democrats and Independents are worried about liberal social policies and runaway federal spending, deficit and debt.
So to my friends in the so-called ‘mainstream media’ I say, ‘conservative talk show hosts may not speak for everybody but they speak for more Americans than you do.’"