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Mike Pence Quick Facts

Here are the basics on the Republican vice presidential pick.
Image: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Pence declined to say whether he would sign a shelved bill to expand protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Pence spoke to reporters after filing for re-election for a second term Wednesday. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Darron Cummings / AP, file

Full name: Michael Richard Pence

Age: 57

Current job: Governor of Indiana.

Reputation, in one sentence: A former congressman, lauded by social conservatives, who’s had a sometime bumpy tenure at the helm in Indiana

Strengths: Picking Pence could bolster Trump’s credentials with conservatives, especially as a band of GOP delegates tries to thwart Trump at the convention. Pence also would give the GOP ticket congressional and gubernatorial experience.

Weaknesses: Pence had been running for re-election, and Indiana law bars him from running for both VP and governor – and he has until July 15 to remove his name from the Indiana ballot. Trump picking him could potentially cost Republicans a gubernatorial contest. Then there’s the backlash from Pence signing into law religious-freedom legislation that critics said allowed businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians for religious reasons.

Born: June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana.

Family: Wife Karen. Children: Michael, Charlotte and Audrey.

Previous gigs: Attorney, 1986-1991; President of Indiana Policy Review Foundation, 1991-1993; Radio broadcaster, 1992-1999; TV host, 1995-1999; U.S. Congressman, 2000-2012.

Good to know: Pence says he was a Democrat as a teenager but was converted to the Republican Party after listening to Ronald Reagan speak.

Fun fact: After a particularly nasty pair of unsuccessful congressional races against longtime incumbent Philip Sharp in 1988 and 1990, Pence wrote an article entitled “Confessions of a Negative Campaigner,” in which he apologized for running negative ads.