Come November, Vice President Mike Pence could have more family in Washington. His older brother Greg Pence has won the Republican primary for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District.
The seat, which covers eastern Indiana, is currently held by Rep. Luke Messer, whose own political prospects this year came to an end Tuesday night in a failed Senate bid. Pence, a first-time political candidate, was serving as the finance chair for Messer’s Senate campaign.
The older Pence is now the Republican nominee in a deep-red district, and it’s likely he will be coming to the House of Representatives, where Mike Pence’s political career began, representing this district. Messer won the district in 2016 with almost 70 percent of the vote.
The oldest of six Pence brothers, Greg Pence, 61, owns two antique malls and was formerly in the oil industry. He was briefly appointed as the deputy commissioner of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management.
According to the New York Times, Pence ran an airtight campaign, “declining to debate his opponents and refusing most requests for interviews.” He raised more than $1 million for the race, far out-fundraising his closest challenger, Jonathan Lamb, who raised close to $460,000. A former Marine, Pence ran on a platform close to President Trump and his brother, with the slogan “ready to serve again.”
His website, which doesn’t mention he’s the vice president’s brother, states he is a “staunch supporter of the Trump-Pence agenda and will fight alongside the President to Make America Great Again” as an anti-abortion, “faith-driven conservative.”