As a university student and lifetime resident of Indiana, the buzz of the election has been primarily of Donald Trump's vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, who is the state's current governor.
(Photo caption: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up after Pence addressed the Republican National Convention. Photo credit: A. Shaker, Voice of America)
Indiana is located in the Midwest of the United States. It is shaped similar to a boot. The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis, which is located in the middle of the state. Indiana has a population of about 6.5 million people. This is nearly double the population of the city of Berlin. Indiana is just barely bigger in size to Bavaria. It is nicknamed "The Hoosier State" and the "Crossroads of America" due to the many interstate highways.
Indiana is one of the midwestern states and although it is about as big as Bavaria geographically, is has only double the population than the city of Berlin.
Butler University (the college in which I attend) is a small private university located in the city of Indianapolis. There are about 6,000 students and it was recently ranked second among Midwest Universities. Based on student polls conducted by Niche, Butler students’ political beliefs are about equally 20% Liberal and Conservative with a majority amount of 30% being Moderate. The majority of students are from out of state and fall in love with the school due to its beautiful and historic campus. If you are interested, here is a link to a virtual tour of my campus.
The Bell Tower is located within Holcomb Gardens on the Butler University Campus in Indianapolis, IN (Photo credit: Peetlesnumber1, Wikipedia)
Butler is located in the center of the state of Indiana, also known as 'Crossroads of America' due to the many interstate highways that criss-cross the state, connecting Hoosiers to the rest of the country. (Photo credit: Butler University)
Learn more about Governor Mike Pence here.
Related to Butler University, Governor Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, graduated from there with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Elementary Education. She was a school teacher for more than 25 years. Governor Mike Pence and her have been together for over 30 years and have three children together. Governor Mike Pence was born in a small city of Indiana called Columbus and is 57 years old. He associates himself with the Republican Party and became the 50th Governor of Indiana in 2013. He is most widely known for signing a bill called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This bill was criticized by numerous organizations and groups due to its perceived original language that allowed business to discriminate against the LGBT community. It was quickly revised in order to officially prevent discrimination of sexual orientation of any kind. This bill is thought to be the reason behind Governor Pence’s low approval ratings which plummeted from 62% in 2014 to currently about 40%.
I have designed a basic timeline of Mike Pence’s career to help give you an idea about his life. I will be following up this blog with more information on Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential candidate and their views on climate change!
Liz Subrin is a native of Indianapolis and currently studying Chemistry and Education at Butler University. She has experience in working as a teacher. She has a passion for science and is thrilled to share it with other curious minds and especially our blog readers. I can teach Make sure your name is set in bold print.