Former Vice President Mike Pence has finally made his post-White House plans known to the public — and it’s surprising for those that expected him to run for higher office.
The reveal comes on the heels of reports that the ex-VEEP had been “homeless” in his old stomping grounds of Indiana. For weeks, critics have anticipated his next announcement, with rumors of a 2024 presidential run swirling.
His new gig will involve him staying close to his conservative roots.
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Pence will be joining the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished fellow.
Mere days after he announced the opening of his transition office in Virginia, he has confirmed he’ll be advising as part of the conservative think tank on pressing policy issues. His work will also include performing speeches, and writing a column for The Daily Signal.
In a statement, he credited the conservative foundation for shaping his life philosophies.
“The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump Administration,” he said.
“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the all-star team at Heritage as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets and traditional values to policymakers across the Nation and to every American who cherishes our Heritage of Freedom.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence has opened a transition office in northern Virginia.
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Pence announced Wednesday that the Office of the Former Vice President will handle correspondence, scheduling requests, public statements, and official activities for him and his wife, Karen. The office is located in Arlington, across the Potomac River from Washington.
The Pences have also moved to northern Virginia. A spokesperson said they have summer plans to move back to Indiana, where Mike Pence was governor and represented the state in the U.S. House. In 2016, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump chose Pence to be his vice presidential running mate, and the ticket was elected in 2016.
Trump and Pence lost their bid for reelection to Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
“The vice president and Mrs. Pence look forward to continuing to elevate causes that are near and dear to their hearts and serving the American people when called upon,” said their spokesperson, Kara Brooks.
Under federal law, the outgoing president and vice president are provided a transition office and other services for six months for the purpose of wrapping up their official business.
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Trump moved into his Mar-a-Lago estate in his new home state of Florida on Jan. 20, when his term ended. He recently opened his transition office.
The Associated Press contributed to this article