Who Is Indiana Governor Mike Pence?

Tapped by Trump as his running mate.

Donald Trump's campaign signaled that Indiana Governor Mike Pence is getting the nod for Vice President.
Who Is Indiana Governor Mike Pence?
Presumptive US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana, on July 12, 2016. (TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)
7/14/2016
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7/16/2016

However, supporters of the decision point to the many things that he brings to the ticket. Having Pence on the ticket bolsters the campaign's standing and should garner loyalty among the GOP elites in Washington D.C. who are hesitant to support a Trump presidency.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has endorsed but also frequently criticized Trump, has praised Pence recently, saying that he would make a good pick as Vice President.

Ryan told reporters Thursday: "I hope that he picks a good movement conservative. Clearly Mike is one of those."

Trump's signal for Pence has already impressed some of the Anti-Trump congressmen like Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) who have been vehement critics of Donald Trump.

In a report by Politico, Flake said in reaction to earlier reports that it would be the "best choice Donald Trump's made so far."

Another positive aspect to having Pence on the ticket are his fundraising connections. He has connections to the fundraising groups associated with the Koch brothers.

Trump, who has yet to gain the graces of the right wing fundraising and donor organizations, could benefit from the extra support.

Pence has a more laid-back approach to politics, in stark contrast to Trump. He also has years of experience as a talk radio host, and his communication abilities could help with shaping the campaign's message.