Pence, '86, Takes Oath of Office, Begins Work as Governor


Mike Pence

Mike Pence, ’86, was sworn into office as Indiana's 50thgovernor during an outdoor ceremony on the west side of the Indiana Statehouse on January 14, 2013.

The Columbus, Indiana, native is a graduate of Columbus North High School. He graduated from Hanover College in 1981. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Pence represented Indiana's 2nd District from 2001-2003, and Indiana's 6th District from 2003 to his inauguration to the governor's office.

While a member of the U.S. House, Pence served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was vice chair of the subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He also served on the Committee on the Judiciary and was vice chair of its subcommittee on the Constitution. He also served on the subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet. Pence was elected to Republican Conference Chairman in 2008, the third-highest ranking Republic leadership position. He was the first Representative from Indiana to hold a U.S. House leadership position since 1981.

A large number of IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law alumni and students were elected or re-elected in the November 2012 general election. Re-elected to state offices were Senator Brandt Hershman, a third-year evening division student and director of the law school’s Program on Educational Outreach for Government Leaders, and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, '84. Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, '82, was retained on the bench. In the U. S. Congress, Susan Brooks, '85, was elected to the House of Representatives, where she will represent District 5. Todd Rokita, '95, was re-elected to represent House District 4; and Todd Young, '06, was re-elected to represent House District 9.

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