Indiana Governor Mike Pence has been picked to be presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Vice Presidential running mate.
“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday.
“We have to call him. But let me just say this. I have great respect for Governor Pence. But I also have great respect for Newt. I have great respect for Chris Christie. We have some tremendous people in the Republican Party but I will be making the announcement at the appropriate time,” Trump had said prior to his announcement.
According to CNN, Pence is reported to have accepted Trump’s offer.
It is also reported that that Pence has abandoned his re-election bid as Indiana Governor.
The other two candidates in the race were Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
57-year-old Pence is a lawyer by training and has been Governor of Indiana since January 2013. Before that he was a member of the US House of Representatives for 19 years from 2003 to 2013.
Pence keeps a low-profile and can play a crucial role in uniting the Republican party to rally around the controversial billionaire ahead of the November presidential elections.
Analysts say that Trump’s choice was part of his bid to add political experience.
Pence has often described himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”
As governor of Indiana, Pence invited criticism for signing bills making it harder for women to have abortions.
Interestingly during the primaries, Pence had endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
(With inputs from PTI)