What do we know about the wife of Mike Pence, the potential next vice president?
Now that reports are circling that Donald Trump has chosen Mike Pence as his running mate, Americans are wondering about him, and seem to be asking, “Who is Mike Pence’s wife?” Fortunately, many of the questions people have about her are easily enough answered in that she’s been the First Lady of Indiana since 2013. Reuters broke the news yesterday that Pence would definitely be Trump’s choice, and curiosity has been rampant ever since. As they say, behind every great, successful man is an even better woman. So, that does lead to the question, “Who is Mike Pence’s wife” being asked.
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) July 5, 2016
Karen Pence has been married to her husband since 1985. They have three grown children together: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Karen Pence teaches school and has a passion for education. She’s been an educator for over 25 years, says her First Lady bio on the official website for Indiana’s state government. A Hoosier at heart, she earned her B.S. and M.S. in elementary education within the state of Indiana from Butler University. As First Lady, she has continued her passion for the education of children by traveling the state of Indiana visiting schools. The schools in her state have been a source of great pride for her.
— Elizabeth Beilman (@EMBeilman) June 29, 2016
One of Karen Pence’s favorite pastimes and clear talents is revealed in her watercolors, mostly of homes and historical buildings. Her love for art has manifested itself in her extensive charity work. Bustle reports that she’s been named the honorary chair of the Art Therapy Initiative at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis as well as being a member of the famous children’s hospital’s foundation board. Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for various children’s hospitals in Washington, D.C., has also found a place in her heart, and she serves as a board member for them as well. Her office proudly boasts art work created by students from all over Indiana.
Karen Pence’s creative flair has led her to a place as an entrepreneur. She designed a product that would be helpful to the average wife and mother: special charms to be attached to towels in order for each person in a family to identify their own personal bath and beach towels. She founded “That’s My Towel!” Charm, Inc. The company’s website explains the need for towel charms.
“How many times have you walked into the bathroom and seen multiple towels on the floor and wondered, ‘Whose towel is whose?’ Towel charms solve that problem and eliminate daily unnecessary laundry.”
— Jill Cashen (@jillcashen) July 15, 2016
Ever supportive of her husband’s career, Mrs. Pence joined her husband earlier in the month when she met with Donald Trump in New Jersey. Her support as his wife is nothing new. In 2013 she told WTHR that one of the things she will have a hard time getting used to is giving up her privacy. She had been warned by a previous first lady.
“You know, Judy O’Bannon told me, ‘Just get over it,’ so I am taking her advice. I am just going to get over it and realize the next four years we are going to be in the public eye and we want to make the most of it.”
While in office, First Lady Pence has founded Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation, an organization that supports youth and families in Indiana, hoping to inspire them to being better citizens by fostering an even better understanding of and love for the state of Indiana. According to a report by the International Business Times, Mike Pence’s wife is someone who not only serves others with a passion but supports her husband in all his endeavors as well. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Pence will be dropping out of his bid for re-election as governor of Indiana once his vice presidential candidacy has been made official. His wife, Karen Pence, will be by his side.
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