Charlotte Pence in 2017
Charlotte Rose Pence
June 25, 1993
|Other names||Charli Rose|
|Alma mater||DePaul University (BA)|
|Occupation||Writer and filmmaker|
|Known for||Daughter of Vice President of the United States|
|Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President|
Charlotte Rose Pence (born June 25, 1993) is an American writer, who is the second child and elder daughter of the 48th Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, and Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence.
Pence graduated from DePaul University. She wrote articles for The DePaulia, Thought Catalog and Glamour, fiction articles for The Isis Magazine, and poems for Seven Voices published by University of Oxford. Pence did film production internships while in college, and won a 2014 Emmy award for the Lower Great Lakes region for a film she co-wrote and was the associate producer of.
She is the author of children's book Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, published in 2018.
Early life and education
Pence grew up with her parents and siblings in Arlington County, Virginia. Her father Mike encouraged her to be a writer and "cherished" a biography she wrote of him when she was 7. Her mother Karen said that she was a storyteller since she could talk.:1 Pence described her family as "very, very close" and said that "[they] talk about everything together". She said that she and her siblings could choose how involved in politics they would be; Pence told Ben Shapiro in an interview in 2018 that as kids they could be included in an event only if they wanted to. She said that they have political debates in their house and on the phone.:1:31
Pence spent her junior year at DePaul University studying a semester in English and Philosophy abroad at St Catherine's College, Oxford. At DePaul, Pence was involved with the school ministry, a student group that addresses violence in Chicago, and creative writing and film communities; she worked on documentary projects, one of which won nine regional Emmy Awards, and joined the Chi Omega sorority. She graduated with a double major in Digital Cinema – Screenwriting, and English – Creative Writing from DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media in June 2016.
Pence did film production internships while in college. In 2013, she interned at WFYI, a public broadcasting station in central Indiana, working in the television production department. Pence was the associate producer and co-writer of the 2013 documentary film Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse, which highlights "the stories of seniors who have been scammed by financial predators". The film won a 2014 Emmy award for the Lower Great Lakes region. Pence has since worked on several documentary and short film projects. She said in 2016 that she "[wanted] to go into the creative side of film production, looking at stories and books and scripts and really life stories and taking those to the screen". Pence's biography for the documentary film For the Records states, "She hopes to pursue a career in writing for film and documentaries after college."
Pence considers herself a writer and has published poems, short stories and articles. In 2014, she wrote an article for Thought Catalog about her religious beliefs. In 2015, Pence wrote a column for DePaul University's The DePaulia about her studying abroad at Oxford University. In it, she talks about "finding a running path and learning to navigate the pubs". Also in 2015, Pence published several poems for the Oxford blog Seven Voices and fiction pieces for The Isis Magazine, an independent UK student magazine. She wrote an essay for Glamour that was released Tuesday ahead of her father's prime time debate as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign. In the essay, Pence wrote about the lessons she had learned from her father. She described her lifestyle changes after her father became Trump's running mate in July, writing, "I went from taking public transit in Chicago to riding in a presidential motorcade in the span of just a few months."
|After Words interview with Pence on her book Where You Go: Life Lessons From My Father, November 3, 2018, C-SPAN|
Early August 2016, Pence started travelling around the U.S. with her father on his campaign trail, which included the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Pence's recent graduation gave her time to travel the country and she joked that her role on the campaign trail was to "babysit her parents". Charlotte said that she was the only one of her siblings to be home at the time of the nomination.:1 Pence described herself politically as "more of a moderate or independent" and said that she does not always agree with the policies of her father and Trump, adding "I think I have views that go across the board", which she says has been encouraged by her parents. In 2018, Pence said that her father tells her, regarding the public criticism and protests against him, "That's what freedom looks like.":29
Since the inauguration, Pence helped provide a "support system for her parents", without taking official roles, while working full-time in Washington, D.C. at a film production company. In September 2017, Pence started an agent training program at the United Talent Agency.
In 2013, Pence needed a rabbit for a short film project as a freshman at DePaul, and she bought a black and white rabbit from Craigslist. Pence named the rabbit 'Marlon Bundo' after Marlon Brando, as Pence's friend noticed the similarity between Brando's phrase "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" from The Godfather and the rabbit's seller's response "Make me an offer" to a message about the price. Speaking to The Chicago Tribune she recalled: "We drove out to the suburbs, my friends and I, and we picked him up. I think he was like $20. He was in the short film, and I just kept him after that." Bundo lived with Pence throughout college for four years, and continued to live with the Pences at Number One Observatory Circle afterwards.:2 Pence created an Instagram account for Bundo "right after [her] dad was inaugurated [Vice President]", "not knowing if anybody would follow it". Pence and her mother thought about creating a children's book, following Bundo's popularity on Instagram and because Karen is a watercolor painter. Pence told The Denver Post that she "really [likes] children's literature and middle-grade fiction" and had "always wanted to be a writer". Pence told Andrew Klavan in a 2018 interview that she "could also" write non-fiction and "for adults".:35
On March 19, 2018, the children's picture book Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President was released. It was written by Charlotte and illustrated by Karen. The picture book tells the story of Bundo observing the Vice President's daily activities. Pence said that they'd "love to do something for a sequel". As a "jab" at Mike Pence's opposition to LGBT rights in the United States, a parody of the picture book titled A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, authored by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's comedy writer Jill Twiss and illustrated by Gerald Kelley, was published by Chronicle Books a day before. In the parody book, Bundo falls in love with a rabbit named Wesley, but a character resembling Mike Pence decrees that male rabbits cannot marry each other. Proceeds from the picture book go to benefit art therapy programs, and The A21 Campaign, which works to combat human trafficking; Charlotte Pence picked the latter charity because of her prior experience with the organization. Proceeds from the parody book go to benefit The Trevor Project, which runs a crisis hotline for members of the LGBTQ community, and AIDS United. The picture book and the parody book reached the fourth and the first spot, respectively, on Amazon's best-selling books list. As of late March 2018, Pence's book and Twiss's book sold approximately 100,000 and 400,000 copies, respectively, and were respectively No. 5 and No. 6 Children's Picture Books on The New York Times Best Seller list. Pence reacted positively to the parody book, saying:
I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way. But in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind. We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I'm all for it, really.
- Pence, Mike [@GovPenceIN] (June 25, 2014). ".@FirstLadyIN & I are wishing a Happy 21st Birthday to our daughter Charlotte today. #HowTheYearsGoBy #happybday pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq-yNUYCAAATva2.jpg" (Tweet). Retrieved April 10, 2018 – via Twitter.
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- "Who are US Vice-President Mike Pence's daughters, Charlotte and Audrey?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. April 22, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Moore, Brenden (August 5, 2016). "Q&A with Charlotte Pence, daughter of GOP VP nominee". The DePaulia. Archived from the original on August 6, 2016. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Schneider, Chelsea (October 4, 2016). "Charlotte Pence talks of her VP candidate dad in Glamour". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
- Pence, Charlotte; Pence, Karen (April 24, 2018). "Charlotte Pence hopes bunny book 'Marlon Bundo' brings people together". PBS NewsHour (Interview). Interviewed by Judy Woodruff. Washington, D.C.: PBS. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
- Pence, Charlotte (March 19, 2018). "Is A Constitutional Crisis Coming? | The Ben Shapiro Show Ep. 498". The Ben Shapiro Show (Interview). Interviewed by Ben Shapiro. Los Angeles: The Daily Wire. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
- Pence, Charlotte (March 19, 2018). "Leftism is for Kids | The Andrew Klavan Show Ep. 479". The Andrew Klavan Show (Interview). Interviewed by Andrew Klavan. Los Angeles: The Daily Wire. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
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- Luppi, Kathleen (March 29, 2018). "Second lady Karen Pence and daughter Charlotte promote children's book at Nixon Library". Daily Pilot. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Pence, Charlotte; Pence, Karen (March 26, 2018). "Q&A: Mike Pence's daughter is not mad John Oliver wrote a competing Marlon Bundo book. In fact, she bought a copy". The Denver Post (Interview). Interviewed by Danika Worthington. Colorado Springs. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Schoenberg, Nara (March 14, 2018). "Charlotte Pence talks about Marlon Bundo: The vice presidential bunny (a Chicago native) with a book deal". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Leppert, Michael (March 26, 2018). "Charlotte Pence wins the bunny fight with class". Hendricks County Flyer. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
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- Busis, Hillary (March 20, 2018). "John Oliver's Gay-Bunny Book Is Outselling the Mike Pence Book It's Trolling". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Roberts, Roxanne (March 14, 2018). "He's Bunny of the United States. And now he's the hero of a children's book, too". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- Showalter, Brandon (March 21, 2018). "Karen and Charlotte Pence on Vice President's Faith, Creating Marlon Bundo's First Book (Interview)". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- Thomsen, Jacqueline (March 20, 2018). "John Oliver says his parody Pence rabbit book has sold out". In the Know, The Hill. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
- Read, Bridget (March 20, 2018). "The Battle for Marlon Bundo: Conservative Pence Family Bunny or Gay Icon?". Vogue. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
- "Sales multiply for Pence and Oliver rabbit books". AP News. New York: Associated Press. March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte Pence.|
- Official website
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- An American at Oxford. The DePaulia (2015). DePaul University.
- "Believing In God And Other 21st Century Burdens". Thought Catalog. July 17, 2014.
- "Mike Pence's Daughter Reveals the Lessons Her Father Taught Her". Glamour. October 4, 2016.
- Fiction pieces by Pence. The Isis Magazine (2015).
- Poems by Pence. Seven Voices (2015). University of Oxford.