Who is Mike Pence? Here's what you need to know about the new (very controversial) vice president

Back in July, Donald Trump nominated Mike Pence as his running mate but he's kept a fairly low profile since. Soon though, Pence will have a pretty important job as vice president of the United States.

But what do we know about Trump's number two? Well, prepare for the worst...

Mike Pence
(Darron Cummings /AP)

Pence has been in office for 15 years, and has been the governor of the state of Indiana since 2013. He has also served as chairman of the House Republican conference.

He's an Evangelical Christian, his wife is called Karen and they have three kids.

Pence hasn't always supported Trump. He initially nominated Ted Cruz but after he dropped out, he turned his support to Trump.

He was a right-wing radio presenter for years in the 90s, which helped him make a name for himself before he went into politics.

For many Republicans he brought credibility to Trump's campaign, because his views are typical of the party's line. He's for cutting taxes and reducing spending on welfare. And pro-guns of course.

(Evan Vucci/AP)
(Evan Vucci/AP)

He's fiercely opposed to abortion rights. He was the one who initially started the Republican's attack on Planned Parenthood. This year he signed a bill that introduced a new ban on abortion if there is a genetic anomaly and required foetal remains to be buried or cremated - even in the case of miscarriages.

He's also anti LGBT rights and believes being gay is a choice. Indiana passed a law that made it legal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation - and he was the governor. He also signed off the Religious Freedom Restoration Act giving businesses the rights to refuse LGBT people service on religious grounds.

While running for the House of Representatives in 2000, he posted on his campaign website that HIV funding should actually be "directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour".

He has said: "Global warming is a myth." Adding that it was just the expansion of the "liberal environmentalist agenda".

He supported the Iraq War and seems quite pro-American military involvement in general, calling for a greater demonstration of "American strength" on the world stage. Of Russia's airstrikes on Syria, he said: "The US should be prepared to use military force to strike the military forces of the Assad regime" if Russia continued to be involved.

He has publicly disagreed with some of Trump's controversial statements though. He called Trump's idea to ban all Muslims entering the States as "offensive and unconstitutional". So that's something...

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