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Who Is Karen Pence - 7 Facts About Republican Vice President Nominee Mike Pence's Wife. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, has remained largely out of the spotlight, but she is considered a major influence on her husband. Mike has described her as both the best thing that ever happened to him and the girl of his dreams.
The press has watched her hand out water to waiting reporters and deliver birthday cupcakes. Beyond that, here are seven facts you should know about the woman beside Mike Pence: Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. She has spent most of her life in Indiana. Karen was raised in the historic Indianapolis neighborhood of Broad Ripple and went to Butler University, according to the Indianapolis Star. After receiving a bachelor's and master's degrees from Butler in elementary education, she became a teacher at various schools in the area.
Her only time outside of Indiana was when Mike was elected to Congress in 2. The entire Pence family spent 1. Washington, D. C., and they were happy to move back to their home state when Pence was elected governor in 2. Indiana is just a very special place. There are no other people like Hoosiers," Karen said to the Indy. Star. 2. She and Mike met at church.
In 1. 98. 3, Mike — who describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order" — approached Karen after seeing her play guitar at mass at St. Thomas Aquinas church in Indianapolis, according to the Indy. Star. Mike realized Karen's sister was also enrolled at the Indiana University Mc. Kinney School of Law and he got in touch with Karen through her. Karen was previously married at age 2.
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Steve Whitaker, whom she met in high school.)"When I first met Mike Pence, it was love at first sight," Karen said in an ad from Mike's governor campaign. On our first date, we went skating at the Pepsi Coliseum at the state fairgrounds.
We skated around for a little while, then he reached over and took my hand." Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Once they started dating, Karen bought a gold cross with the word "Yes" engraved on it, and kept it with her until he proposed, according to the New York Times. They married in June 1. Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey. Michael is a Marine Corps officer, Charlotte is a recent college grad and a filmmaker, and Audrey is still in college and, interestingly enough, considers herself socially liberal, according to ABC News.
Karen and Mike are still very religious, and they often attend services at Indianapolis' College Park Church, an evangelical megachurch, the Times reports. Friends and aides characterized her as the family "prayer warrior" in a Washington Post piece. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. She started a small business selling towel charms.
In 2. 01. 5, Karen founded "That's My Towel!" Charm, a company Fortune magazine said makes metal charms you attach to a beach towel so you know which one is yours. Since Mike became the Republican vice presidential nominee, the towel charm business has been put on hold, according to the Huffington Post. Developing Self Control In Adults. The website is currently inactive, but some stealthy Twitter users posted images of the $6. She founded a charitable foundation that combines her interest in children and art. As first lady of Indiana, Karen continued to find inspiration in her passion for children, education, and the arts.
She worked to develop an art career, taking a watercolor class shortly after having her first child. Her mother- in- law and sister each commissioned her for watercolor paintings of their houses, according to the Indy. Star. At her peak, Karen did 3. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. She formed the Indiana First Lady's Charitable Foundation in 2. Indy. Star reports.
The foundation offers grants and scholarships to these individuals and organizations, and the foundation first benefited Riley's Art Therapy Initiative, an art therapy program for hospitalized children. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below.
She told reporters before the inauguration that she didn't yet know which issues she will work on in her new role as second lady of the United States and might closely work with Melania Trump. She also said art therapy remains "near and dear to me."5. She's a trained pilot. Karen comes from a family of pilots. I was born on an Air Force base," Karen said on Afternoons With Amos, a radio show. My dad worked for United Airlines. I kind of grew up around planes.
My godfather had his own plane, and when I was a teenager, I got to fly with him and it just kind of got in my blood."Although her license is not current, her son Michael has the flying gene. My son, though, has taken me out because he's a pilot now, he's actually an instructor," she said in the interview. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. She is very influential and is one of Mike's most trusted advisers. As Indiana's first lady, Karen has focused on children and the arts, but she is also a key adviser to Mike.
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