Mike Pence

U.S. House of Representatives

Indiana, 2nd Congressional District, 2001-2003

Indiana, 6th Congressional District, 2003-2012

Biographical Note:

Michael Richard “Mike” Pence was born June 7, 1959 in Columbus, Indiana. He attended Columbus North High School, graduated from Hanover College in 1981, and received his J.D. degree from Indiana University in 1986. After unsuccessful campaigns for the House of Representatives in 1988 and 1990, Pence became president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation and in 1992 began broadcasting “The Mike Pence Show” from WRCR-FM in Rushville, Indiana, which was syndicated in 1994 and ran weekdays on 18 radio stations throughout the state. In 2000 he ran successfully for the House of Representatives, and was re-elected for five terms. In 2012 he was elected governor of Indiana.

Committee Service:

Pence served on the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee and on its subcommittees on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and Livestock and Agriculture, from 2001-2006.He served on the Science Committee and its subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics from 2001-2002, and on the Committee on International Relations (renamed Foreign Affairs in 2007) from 2003-2012, serving on the subcommittees on International Terrorism, Non-Proliferation and Human Rights in 2003-2004; on Oversight and Investigation in 2005-2006, and on The Middle East and Central Asia (renamed Middle East and South Asia in 2007) from 2003-2008, of which he became vice-chair in 2011-2012.He also served on the Judiciary Committee from 2003-2008 and 2011-2012, serving on its subcommittees on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property in 2003-2006 and on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet in 2011-2012; on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in 2003-2006; on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties in 2007-2008; and on The Constitution in 2011-2012 as vice-chair. He was chair of the House Republican Conference from 2009-2011.

The Collection:

30 cartons and approximately 70 GB of electronic records.

Researcher Access:

The Pence Congressional Papers collection will be available to researchers in its entirety 10 years after receipt (December 5, 2022) or after death of the donor, Mike Pence, whichever is later. Some materials are approved for an earlier opening upon completion of processing – the arranging and describing of the papers for archival use.  Now complete, please consult the Pence Congressional Papers finding aid for details.

Additional Resources:


“Confessions of a Negative Campaigner,” Indiana Policy Review, 1991.