Donald Trump just announced Mike Pence will be his running mate for the US presidential election.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
The long-serving congressman, now governor of Indiana, is seen as a 'safe choice' for Trump, bringing a range of experience and skills to the table that Trump is currently lacking.
-- Mike Pence (@mike_pence) July 15, 2016
We take a look at why Trump chose Pence.
1. He's popular in the mid-west
Pence is one of Indiana's own. Born in Columbus in 1959, he studied at Hanover College, then moved on to Indiana University . Voters in Indiana aren't traditionally fans of confrontational politics and in this key swing state, Trump needs someone who can pull the votes in.
2. He brings political experience
This isn't Pence's first political rodeo. After a career in law and two unsucessful campaigns for Congress, Pence finally won a seat in 2000. He served six terms, until he was elected governor in 2012.
3. He's popular with the Tea Party
Pence was raised as a Catholic, but terms himself a born-again evangelical Christian. He has voted in line with evangelical beliefs on a number of occasions, and even signed the Indiana religious freedom bill into law.
The bill as it was worded when signed by Pence allowed businesses to use religious freedom as a defence in a lawsuit, which was widely regarded as letting them discriminate religious grounds. Amongst huge backlash, Pence later said he would "fix" the bill to ensure it did not allow for discrimination.
4. He's against negative campaigning
Pence could help to change Trump's image by giving their campaign a more positive outlook. In 1991, Pence penned "Confessions of a Negative Campaigner" for The Indiana Policy Review. In the piece, he spoke about his realisation that negative campaigning is wrong.
5. He's unflappable
Pence has a reputation as a mild-mannered mid-westerner, which could act as a counterbalance to Trump's blustering and, at times, rude approach to campaigning.