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Greg Pence
Official portrait, 2018
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byLuke Messer
Personal details
Gregory Joseph Pence

(1956-11-14) November 14, 1956 (age 67)
Columbus, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Denise Pence
(m. 1981)
Children4, including John
Residence(s)Columbus, Indiana, U.S.
EducationLoyola University Chicago (BA, MBA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/serviceUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1979–1984
Rank First Lieutenant
{{{military_blank1}}}Stationed in Beirut before bombings

Gregory Joseph Pence (born November 14, 1956) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Indiana's 6th congressional district since 2019. The district serves much of east-central Indiana, including Pence's hometown of Columbus, as well as Greenfield, Richmond, Shelbyville, and the southern suburbs of Indianapolis in Marion and Johnson Counties. A member of the Republican Party, he is the older brother of former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who represented the district from 2001 to 2013.

On January 9, 2024, Pence announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he would not be running for re-election to the 119th United States Congress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Columbus, Indiana, on November 14, 1956,[2] Pence is the oldest of six children born to his parents, Ann Jane "Nancy" (née Cawley) and Edward Joseph Pence Jr., who ran a group of gas stations.[3][4] He was raised in the Catholic faith. According to his mother, Pence and his three brothers rode wagons in a 1964 campaign parade for Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.[5]

Pence earned a B.A. in theology and philosophy and a Master of Business Administration in 1983 from Loyola University Chicago.[6][7] He earned a commission in the Marines in 1981 after receiving his undergraduate degree and served for five and a half years, rising to the rank of first lieutenant.[8][7] In 1983, his battalion was stationed in Beirut, Lebanon, and shipped out shortly before the bombings.[9]

Business career[edit]

Pence owns and operates antique malls in southern Indiana.

After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Pence joined Kiel Brothers Oil Company in 1988, after his father died, and served as its president from 1998 to 2004. After his departure, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2004.[8] Through the company, he also ran a chain of gas stations and convenience stores.[10][11]

According to some reports, the cleanup from the defunct business sites has cost Indiana at least $21 million.[12] Pence also worked for Marathon Oil and Unocal. In 1999, he was elected to the board of directors of Home Federal Bancorp and its subsidiary Home Federal Savings Bank.[7][13]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Greg Pence standing behind Donald Trump at the 2017 inauguration
Pence with Mike Braun, Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle in 2018



Pence was the finance chairman in U.S. Representative Luke Messer's 2018 campaign for the U.S. Senate.[11] In October 2017, Pence launched his own campaign for the position Messer was leaving.[14] On May 8, 2018, Pence won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat his brother Mike had held for 12 years. With Pence raising and spending about $1 million as of mid-April and his closest Republican challenger loaning himself about three quarters of that amount, it made the "race the most expensive in the state." Pence faced Democrat Jeannine Lake in the November general election and won by a margin of over 30%.[10]


Pence defeated Lake in a rematch in the November 3 general election with 68.6% of the vote.


In December 2020, Pence was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump.[15]

In January 2021 in the aftermath of the insurrection at the Capitol and despite the rioters' chants of "Hang Mike Pence," Greg Pence voted to side with Trump and reject the Pennsylvania votes which swung the election to Biden.[16]

In May 2021, Pence voted against a House bill establishing a January 6 commission, accusing Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrats of partisan plans to use the commission to carry out the "political execution of Donald Trump". The bill passed.[17]

In August 2022, Pence criticized President Joe Biden for forgiving up to $10,000 of student loan debt for eligible borrowers. Pence was criticized for hypocrisy because he had $79,441 of debt from his PPP loan forgiven.[18]


The PACT ACT which expanded VA benefits to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service, received a "nay" from Pence.[19] Regarding cannabis, despite lobbying from VSOs such as the DAV[20] Pence also voted against 2022 MORE Act.[21][22]

Committee assignments[edit]

For the 118th Congress:[23]

Electoral history[edit]

Republican primary results, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence 47,955 65.3
Republican Jonathan Lamb 17,523 23.9
Republican Mike Campbell 3,229 4.4
Republican Stephen MacKenzie 2,500 3.4
Republican Jeff Smith 2,258 3.1
Total votes 73,465 100.0
Indiana's 6th congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence 154,260 63.8
Democratic Jeannine Lee Lake 79,430 32.9
Libertarian Tom Ferkinhoff 8,030 3.3
Independent John Miller (write-in) 5 0.0
Independent Heather Leigh Meloy (write-in) 1 0.0
Total votes 241,726 100.0
Republican hold
Republican primary results, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence (incumbent) 62,346 83.6
Republican Mike Campbell 12,234 16.4
Total votes 74,580 100.0
Indiana's 6th congressional district, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence (incumbent) 225,318 68.6
Democratic Jeannine Lake 91,103 27.8
Libertarian Tom Ferkinhoff 11,791 3.6
Total votes 328,212 100.0
Republican hold
Republican primary results, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence (incumbent) 44,893 77.6
Republican James Alspach 12,923 22.4
Total votes 57,816 100.0
Indiana's 6th congressional district, 2022
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Greg Pence (incumbent) 130,686 67.5
Democratic Cinde Wirth 62,838 32.5
Total votes 193,524 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Pence and his wife, Denise, own two antique malls.[13] They have four children and ten grandchildren.[24] Pence is a practicing Catholic and attends St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Columbus.[25]

Denise Pence was an Indiana delegate at the 2016 Republican National Convention and 2020 Republican National Convention and cast her vote for Donald Trump and Mike Pence to be the party's nominees.[3] Pence and his family were in attendance at Trump's inauguration, seated several rows behind him. Their oldest daughter, Nicole, is a TV anchor in Indianapolis[26] and their son, John, worked on Trump's 2020 campaign as a senior advisor and is married to Kellyanne Conway's cousin Giovanna Coia.[27][28]


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  2. ^ "Where they stand Q&A: Greg Pence". Daily Reporter. April 13, 2018. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Pitrelli, Adrianna (October 6, 2017). "VP's sister-in-law on life since the election". WTHR. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Mike Pence photo gallery". The Republic. January 20, 2017. slides 8, 12, 32. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Webber, Mark (November 1, 2016). "Pence family hosts Edinburgh rally". The Republic. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "About Greg". Greg Pence for Congress. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c "Home Federal Bancorp Elects New Director". Business Wire. December 21, 1999. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018 – via The Free Library.
  8. ^ a b Tackett, Michael (April 22, 2018). "As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Raises Questions". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Thomas, Ken (October 23, 2017). "Pence honors memory of Marines killed in 1983 Beirut bombing". The Times of Israel. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Chamberlain, Samuel (May 8, 2018). "Greg Pence wins GOP nomination for House seat once held by brother Mike Pence". Fox News. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Pathé, Simone (August 16, 2017). "Could There Soon Be Another Pence in Washington?". Roll Call. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Slodysko, Brian (July 13, 2018). "Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+". Associated Press. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Pathé, Simone (April 18, 2018). "Inside the Antique Mall That's Greg Pence's Largest Asset". Roll Call. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Slodysko, Brian (October 18, 2017). "Mike Pence's brother Greg launches run for Indiana U.S. House seat". Washington Times. Associated Press. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "List: The 126 House members, 19 states and 2 imaginary states that backed Texas' challenge to Trump defeat". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. December 15, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jan. 6 attack posed loyalty test for Indiana Rep. Greg Pence". AP NEWS. 2022-01-04. Retrieved 2023-06-21.
  17. ^ Sloan, Steven (May 22, 2021). "Shock of Jan. 6 insurrection devolves into political fight". Associated Press. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  18. ^ "Column: GOP ratchets up the hypocrisy in opposing Biden's student debt plan". Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2022.
  19. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/Votes/202257
  20. ^ "DAV Magazine July/August 2023 Page 5". www.qgdigitalpublishing.com.
  21. ^ https://www.c-span.org/video/?519065-1/house-session&start=11123
  22. ^ https://justfacts.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/177876/greg-pence/101/marijuana
  23. ^ "Greg Pence". Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
  24. ^ Johannesen, Kirk (February 9, 2018). "Candidate discusses Republican concerns with party leaders, including Second Amendment rights, aid for veterans". The Republic. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Learn more about Greg Pence". Greg Pence for Congress. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  26. ^ Ariens, Chris (March 8, 2017). "Nicole Pence, Niece of VP Mike Pence, Leaving TV News". TV Spy. AdWeek. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  27. ^ "John Pence". Fox News. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  28. ^ NJ.com, Sophie Nieto-Munoz | NJ Advance Media for (2019-09-14). "Kellyanne Conway's cousin, Mike Pence's nephew to marry in Atlantic City". nj. Retrieved 2023-01-17.

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Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

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