Greg Pence (R-Ind.) has represented Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2019. In 2022, he ran for his third term with Trump’s endorsement and won in his solidly Republican district.
A Marine Corps veteran, Pence is the older brother of former Vice President Mike Pence. In the private sector, he previously operated a chain of now-bankrupt Tobacco Road convenience stores and owns and manages two malls selling antiques in Indiana.
In 2020, Pence drew criticism for allowing items with racist depictions of African Americans to be sold at his malls. Retailers at the Exit 76 Antique Mall reportedly featured “dozens of objects that trade in Jim Crow-era caricatures and stereotypes, like a coin bank featuring an exaggerated, straw-hatted Black figure biting down on a watermelon or ‘Mammy’ biscuit jars depicting smiling Black enslaved women.” In deflecting responsibility, the congressman told reporters that he is not actively engaged in managing the stores.
Pence has also spent lavishly on properties and businesses tied to Trump. According to AP, he spent “over $49,000 at Trump-owned properties, while paying Trump’s pollster $137,000 during his 2018 race when there was little doubt he would win.”
After the 2020 presidential election, Pence adhered to the GOP playbook by casting doubt on the legitimacy of Biden’s victory. He objected to certifying the Electoral College results and voted against both impeaching Trump for inciting the mob and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Pence joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Pence also opposed impeaching Trump for instigating the attack on Congress and for fanning the flames with a tweet that led his followers to chant that they intended to “hang” his brother and kill congressional Democrats.
- After rioters breached the Capitol, Pence accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of wanting to delay the final tabulation of the Electoral College votes “by two or three days.” Pelosi responded by saying: “He completely does not know what he’s talking about.”
- Pence voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the genesis of the violent assault that disrupted the congressional proceedings underway that day. In an official statement, he called House Speaker Pelosi a “hanging judge” and said the committee would lead to a “predetermined political execution” of Trump.
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Pence signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- In rejecting certification of electors from Arizona and Pennsylvania on Jan. 6, Pence parroted Trump World’s talking points, saying, “My votes reflect both my support of the Constitution and the disenfranchised voters of the Sixth District who feel this election process was intentionally altered for political reasons. This was not what the Founding Fathers intended and it was wrong.”