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Who is Mike Pence?

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., July 12, 2016.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., July 12, 2016.

Mike Pence is the running mate of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

- Currently governor of Indiana - a post he has held for three years

- Fiscal conservative; in favor of smaller government role

- Has strong record of cutting taxes; presided over economic recovery as Indiana governor

- Ordered cut-off of funding for groups that help Syrian refugees resettle in Indiana, which a federal judge blocked as discriminatory

- Signed "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" that allows businesses to use religious freedom as a defense in legal proceedings. Many saw this as a way to discriminate against LGBT community members. After a backlash, Pence signed an amended bill that protects LGBT people.

- Initially critical of Trump calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and attacks on the judge in the Trump University lawsuit

- Elected to six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, starting in 2000.

- Initially endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz during the Republican primary process; pledged to campaign for Trump after he secured the nomination in May

- An evangelical Christian, supports social conservative causes

- Completed Law School at Indiana University in 1986

- Married to Karen Pence in 1985. Father of three adult children

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