Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (born June 7, 1959) is an American politician who has been the 50th Governor of Indiana since 2013. A Republican, Pence previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. Pence served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.
On May 5, 2011, he announced that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Indiana in 2012. On November 6, 2012, Pence won the gubernatorial election. Mike Pence was mentioned as a possible candidate for President in 2008 and 2012. In September 2010, Pence was the top choice for President in a straw poll conducted by the Value Voters Summit.