Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., July 12, 2016. U.S. media reports say Trump will announce on Friday that Pence is his running mate.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joins Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Westfield, Ind., July 12, 2016. U.S. media reports say Trump will announce on Friday that Pence is his running mate.

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