Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier
Governor Mike Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business, and public policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated January 14, 2013. As our governor, Mike remains committed to guiding Indiana on a pathway to success through fiscal responsibility, economic development and educational opportunity for every Hoosier child.
Mike was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, where he graduated from Columbus North High School. He graduated from Hanover College in 1981 and earned his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1986. Mike and his wife, First Lady Karen Pence, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage. They have three children: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.
Since taking office in 2013, Mike has enacted the largest state tax cut in Indiana history while also eliminating the business personal property tax for Hoosier small businesses, and lowered the corporate income tax to strengthen Indiana’s competitive edge in attracting new investment and good paying jobs for Hoosiers.
And the results are clear: when Mike took office in January 2013, unemployment stood at 8.4%. Now, with a labor force growing at rates that exceed national averages and over 100,000 private sector jobs created, unemployment is down to under 5%.
As governor, Mike has made career and technical education a priority in every Indiana classroom, which aligns school curriculum with in-demand jobs. He has also expanded school choice, signed into law the first State pre-K program and has made unprecedented investments in our state’s K-12 education.
To expand healthcare options for Hoosiers, Mike created Indiana’s first consumer-driven Medicaid alternative – the proven Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. This program, with the bipartisan support of members of Indiana’s General Assembly, provides access to an affordable health care plan that lets Hoosiers take charge of their health.
Roads mean jobs here in the Crossroads of America, and under his leadership, the state has invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges in Indiana.
As governor, Mike has worked with the Indiana General Assembly to craft honestly balanced budgets that maintain strong reserves and continue to generate a surplus. This fiscal discipline has helped Indiana maintain its AAA credit rating and earn a global reputation as a great place to do business.
Mike’s duties as governor include managing the State of Indiana’s workforce of approximately 28,000 and a biennial budget of more than $30 billion. He oversees the duties of the executive branch as the state’s chief executive officer, recommends and reviews legislation with members of the Indiana General Assembly, and also serves as the commander-in-chief of the Indiana National Guard, the 4th largest unit of citizen-soldiers in the United States.
Prior to his election as our governor, Mike represented portions of eastern Indiana in the United States House of Representatives for more than a decade. During his time in Congress, Mike served in leadership roles as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee and Chairman of the House Republican Conference. As a Member of Congress, Mike developed a reputation as an advocate for limited government, fiscal discipline, a strong national defense, and traditional moral values.
Eric Holcomb, the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
Eric Holcomb is the 51st Lieutenant Governor of Indiana.
A life-long Hoosier, he is a veteran of the United States Navy, was a trusted advisor to both Governor Mitch Daniels and Senator Dan Coats, a former state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party, and most recently, a candidate for the United States Senate.
He was nominated to serve by Governor Mike Pence on March 2, 2016, and was confirmed by the General Assembly and sworn into office on March 3, 2016.
Throughout his career in public and political service, Eric has earned a reputation of being a consensus builder. He has traveled extensively around the state to build support for various initiatives including, but not limited to, Indiana’s property tax caps, healthcare reform, and Major Moves, a 3.85 billion dollar infrastructure public private partnership.
As Lt. Governor, Eric oversees a varied and diversified portfolio that includes the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Defense Development, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Office of Tourism Development and the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. He also serves as chairman of the Indiana Counter Terrorism and Security Council and President of the Indiana Senate, where he presides over the chamber during each year’s legislative session.
Prior to kicking off his campaign for the U.S. Senate in February 2015, Eric served as State Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Dan Coats. In this role, Eric was the Senator’s main point of contact for constituents as well as legislators and local elected officials and he served as a surrogate for the senator at events across the state. Prior to that assignment, he was state chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and, as such, a member of the Republican National Committee.
Eric was a key member of Governor Mitch Daniels’ administration, holding various positions from the campaign kick-off in 2003 until the governor left office in 2011. These included serving as deputy chief of staff in the official office, managing Governor Daniels’ landslide 2008 re-election, and overseeing the governor’s state political action committee, Aiming Higher.
Eric has experience at the district and local levels, as well as managing successful campaigns for U.S. Congressman John Hostettler, serving as the Congressman’s official district director, and conducting a mayoral race in Vincennes, where he lived at the time.
He is the author of the book, “Leading the Revolution,” which outlined the successes of the Mitch Daniels approach to campaigning and governing.
Eric is a graduate of Pike High School in Indianapolis and Hanover College in southeastern Indiana where he majored in U.S. History with a focus on the American Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. A student of history, he is a collector of presidential signatures and currently has documents signed by 40 of our nation’s 44 presidents.
He is a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Business, the Indianapolis WWII Round Table, the American Legion, Post 777; and is a board member of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
He and his wife, Janet, live with their dog, Henry, on the northwest side of Indianapolis.