Greg Pence Plans To Run For Congress
By Travis Thayer
Greg Pence. Photo by Mike Wolanin, The Republic.
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Vice President Mike Pence’s older brother appears to be set on running for Congress.
The Associated Press broke the news Wednesday that Greg Pence has filed a tax document indicating he will seek the nomination for Indiana’s 6th District seat.
Rumors have been swirling for months that Pence has been weighing a run for the 6th District seat that will soon be vacated by Luke Messer, who has chosen to run for U.S. Senate next year.
Pence joins two other Republicans seeking nomination for the Congressional seat: Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb and State Senator Mike Crider (R-Greenfield).
Local Democrat Lane Siekman announced his candidacy in July. The Rising Sun attorney previously ran in 2014, but lost in the Democratic primary.
Pence could be considered the favorite to win the bid for Congress due to his family history in the 6th District, combined with his ties to a national political and fundraising network through his brother.
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement about Pence’s plans enter the Republican primary for the 6th District nomination:
“If you thought one Pence was damaging enough to our state’s economy, wait until you see what a second can do. Mike Pence was so blinded by his political ambition that he divided the state, cost our economy $60 million and set himself on track to lose the governorship had he not been parachuted out. Now comes Greg Pence, so blinded by his own ambitions that he’s willing to overlook the damage his brother caused to the Indiana economy. Voters must hope that he doesn’t represent a second helping of that harm.”
Indiana’s general election will be held on November 6, 2018.