Michael Richard Pence was an American politician and lawyer who served as a United States Supreme Court Justice from 2022 to his death in 2048. He previously was the 48th Vice President of the United States of the United States from 2017 to 2021, the 50th Governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, and a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013.
Born and raised in Columbus, Indiana, Pence graduated from Hanover College and earned a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before entering private practice. Pence was elected to the United States Congress in 2000 and represented Indiana's 2nd congressional district and Indiana's 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. Pence positioned himself as a "principled conservative" and supporter of the Tea Party movement, stating that he was "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order."Upon becoming Governor of Indiana in January 2013, Pence initiated the largest tax cut in Indiana's history and pushed for more funding for education initiatives.
On November 8, 2016, Pence was elected as Vice President, after he dropped out of his gubernatorial reelection campaign in July to become the vice presidential running mate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who went on to win the presidential election.
After President Trump announced his decision not to run for reelection, Pence announced his candidacy for the 2020 Republican Nomination for President. After a close contest, Vice President Pence lost to United States Ambassador to the United Nations and Former Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley. Haley went on to win the Presidency after defeating Democratic Nominee, Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in 2022, Former Vice President Pence was nominated to her Supreme Court seat, by his former rival, President Nikki Haley.
On the Supreme Court, Justice Pence was known for his socially conservative views, trying multiple times to repeal Row v. Wade, and the Marriage Equality Decision. Pence also supported President Haley's attempts to change the United States Constitution, to allow Congressional Term Limits and a balanced budget. Pence served on the Supreme Court until his death in 2048.