Mike Pence '81 will serve as vice president of the U.S. after a successful bid for the presidency by Republican candidate Donald Trump. Pence, currently Indiana's governor, will take office in January.
He will be the second Hanover graduate to serve as U.S. vice president. Thomas Hendricks, a member of the College's class of 1841, was Indiana’s 16th governor. He became U.S. vice president under Grover Cleveland after the duo won the 1884 presidential election and, later, died of illness after serving more than eight months in office.
Pence served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd district from 2001-2003 and represented Indiana’s 6th district from 2003-2012. He won Indiana’s 2012 gubernatorial election and took office as the state’s 50th governor, Jan. 14, 2013.
Pence, who was the third Hanover graduate to serve as Indiana’s governor, was presented with the College’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. He returned to campus in 2008 to receive an honorary doctorate of laws and deliver the commencement address.
A history major and Dean’s List student while at Hanover, Pence served terms as president of United Campus Ministries Board, Vespers and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) fraternity. He was a member of Hanover Christian Fellowship and The Triangle staff (student newspaper). He also delivered the senior class address during his graduation.
William English, an 1843 Hanover graduate, was the Democratic candidate for vice president in 1880. English, who ran with presidential hopeful Winfield Scott Hancock, lost a close election to the Republicans James Garfield-Chester Arthur ticket.
Albert Porter, a member of Hanover’s class of 1842, served from 1881-1885 as Indiana’s 19th governor.
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