Pence '81 sworn in as U.S. vice president
U.S. vice president-elect Mike Pence

Mike Pence '81 was sworn into office as U.S. vice president during inauguration events, Friday, Jan. 20, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Pence, who was sworn in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is 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. He died of illness after serving more than eight months in office.

Most recently the governor of Indiana, 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, 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.

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