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Mike Pence, vice president: What to know about the former Indiana governor

Former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was sworn in as vice president on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

Pence has been a Republican politician for many years, as a governor and congressman.

He has often described himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order." Here are eight other things to know about the new vice president.

Lifelong Indiana resident

Pence has lived in the state of Indiana
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Pence has lived in the state of Indiana his whole life, according to the Indiana governor's website. He was born and raised in Columbus, Indiana. He later went to Hanover College and Indiana University School of Law.

12 years in Congress

Pence was a congressman for 12 years, representing
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Pence was a congressman for 12 years, representing Indiana in the House of Representatives. He was chairman of the Republican Study Committee, chairman of the House Republican Conference and he sat on the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Radio show host

Pence hosted the The Mike Pence Show, a
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Pence hosted the The Mike Pence Show, a conservative talk radio show that aired weekdays on 18 stations in Indiana in the 1990s. Additionally, he hosted a Sunday political TV show in Indianapolis.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Pence came under fire in 2015 for signing
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Pence came under fire in 2015 for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics said could allow businesses to deny service to people in the LGBT community. He revised the bill to clarify the language, saying it was a "misunderstanding."

Tax reform

Pence boasts that he helped achieve the largest
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Pence boasts that he helped achieve the largest tax cut in the history of Indiana, and has made low taxes a high priority as a leader.

Opposition to Clean Power Plan

In June 2015, Pence wrote a letter to
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In June 2015, Pence wrote a letter to President Obama saying Indiana would not comply with the Clean Power Plan if certain rules did not change. He said the plan was "a vast overreach of federal power that exceeds the EPA's proper legal authority and fails to strike the proper balance between the health of the environment and the health of the economy." Part of the plan aims to reduce the demand for coal, and Indiana is the eighth largest coal-producing state.

Turned down run for presidency

In 2011, Pence was considered a top contender
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In 2011, Pence was considered a top contender to run for president among some conservatives. He turned down the opportunity though to run for governor of his home state. "In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence wrote at the time.

Presidential endorsement

Pence originally endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for
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Pence originally endorsed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president. "I'm not against anybody, but I will be voting for Ted Cruz in the Republican Primary," Pence said. "I see Ted Cruz as a principled conservative who has dedicated his career to advocating the Reagan agenda. I'm pleased to support him."

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