Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has once again proven he is anything but conventional by making history with his vice presidential pick. Trump will become the first presidential candidate in history to first announce their running mate on social mate. Earlier this morning, Trump used his Twitter account to announce Mike Pence would be his Vice President.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
Pence is currently the governor of Indiana and was seeking reelection this year. His campaign is filing the paperwork to remove him from the state’s ballot today.
Here are some facts you might now know about Mike Pence.
1. He represented Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013 and served as Chairman of the House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.
2. He’s no stranger to losing elections. Pence unsuccessfully ran for Congress in both 1988 and 1990. Pence also lost a Republican House vote to John Boehner in 2006 for House Minority Leader. Boehner would later go on to become Speaker of the House when Republicans took control of Congress the following election.
3. Pence is a strong social conservative. He has previously spoken out against gay rights, planned parenthood and is a strong supporter of the Tea Party movement in the Republican Party. This is a fairly stark contrast from Trump, who has shown to be a little more centrist on social issues.
4. Trump wasn’t his first choice. Pence originally strongly endorsed Senator Ted Cruz for the Republican presidential nomination during the Republican primaries.
5. He wasn’t always a politician. After practicing law for a few years, Pence hosted a political radio talk show in the 1990’s He dubbed himself “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.”
Bonus Fact: Pence is strong on gun rights. He worked to protect the Second Amendment both in Congress and as governor. Pence has regularly received “A” and “A+” ratings from the National Rifle Association throughout his career.
Trump had previously scheduled an event in Manhattan for today to make his announcement, however he postponed the event until Saturday following last night’s horrific terror attacks in Nice, France.
The announcement casts uncertainty on the role former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will play in the Trump campaign. Gingrich was reportedly the other possible pick besides Pence. Gingrich canceled his contract with Fox News in the lead up to the announcement and is currently in New York, leading some to believe that there may be another role for him to play in the campaign.