|U.S. Representative from Indiana's 6th District|
From: January 3, 2001-present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana) is the Republican gubernatorial candidate for governor of Indiana in 2012. He was a U.S. Representative from Indiana's 6th congressional district and a member of the Republican Party. In the 111th Congress, he served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference. Pence is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
After graduating from Hanover College in 1981 and earning a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1986, he 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.’"