After delaying the announcement because of the terror attack in Nice, France, the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump finally announced the Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate for the position of Vice President.
A former congress leader, Mike Pence has strong ties with the Republican party. Pence got through the selection process leading Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Here are the five things to know about Mike Pence:
1) As a conservative outsider and lawyer, he was not able to win Congress elections in 1988 and 1990. After the elections, he had joined the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and later became a talk show host.
2) A staunch fighter for pro-life, Mike Pence, after becoming the governor of Indiana in 2013, signedanti-abortion bills and focused on defunding Planned Parenthood.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
3) In 2015, Pence got into a deep controversy over LGBT rights when he signed the religious Freedom Restoration Act. After heavy criticism from activists, celebrities etc Pence signed a clarification to the bill.
4) At a time when many states rejected the Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, Mike Pence signed it. After winning concessions for Indiana, he is now battling with federal regulators on the program functioning.
5) Besides leading the anti-LGBT law leagalising discriminisation against the community, Mike Pence was also among the first Republicans to accept the tea party on Capital Hill.
(With inputs from Reuters)