Mike Pence is a former vice president, congressional leader and Indiana governor, but he is no longer running for president in 2024.
Pence announced the end of his presidential bid Friday in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. He is the first major candidate in the Republican primary to do so.
Once a leader in the American conservative movement, he finds himself an orphan in his own party.
Starting as a conservative talk radio and television host in Indiana, Pence launched a successful congressional campaign in 2000 and rose through the Republican ranks during his 12-year tenure. He chaired the House Republican Study Committee from 2005 to 2007 and House Republican Conference from 2009 to 2011.
But Mike Wolf, political science professor at Purdue University Fort Wayne and acting director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, sees Pence’s bid for Indiana governor as an early indicator of his presidential ambitions.
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