Introducing Trump's VP pick: Mike Pence by the numbers

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Mike Pence to Take RNC Spotlight
Mike Pence is ready for his close-up. Last week, Donald Trumppicked the Indiana governor for the number-two spot on the Republican presidential ticket, meaning Pence is fast becoming a household name. His national profile will only increase with Wednesday evening's prime-time address to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

An Indiana native, Pence represented his home state in the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms. In 2012, Pence left Capitol Hill for Indianapolis, when his fellow Hoosiers voted him in as the state's 50th governor. It might end up being his only term as the state's top dog: Pence ended his 2016 re-election campaign in order to run for VP, meaning he is putting all of his chips on the success of the Trump-Pence ticket.

What else do you need to know about the potential next vice president of the United States? Graphiq politics site InsideGov has you covered with a Mike Pence cheat sheet, highlighting key facts and figures that have defined his career.

Most Conservative Governor

According to data from OnTheIssues, Pence clocks in as the most conservative governor in the United States. He shares the spot with Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican out of Idaho.

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Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli sneaks in a quick hot dog on the floor of the Republican National Convention as he discusses a controversial fight over the RNC rules with a delegate (R) at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Oregon alternate RNC delegate Nathan Dahlin wears an assortment of political buttons at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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A delegate attends the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Diana Shores from Farmville, VA (C) protests a roll call vote on the floor on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A delegate in patriotic dress on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. Some 2,000 delegates descended on a tightly secured Cleveland arena where Trump's wife will take center stage later in the day to make a personal pitch to voters that her billionaire husband is the best candidate for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate wear an American flag cowboy hat while waiting at a food stand during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (2nd L) along with other delegates from Virginia chant for a rule call vote on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
A delegate on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. Some 2,000 delegates descended on a tightly secured Cleveland arena where Trump's wife will take center stage later in the day to make a personal pitch to voters that her billionaire husband is the best candidate for the White House. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shoes worn by a delegate on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as its presidential nominee. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Robert 'Mike' Duncan, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Delegates react to a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate protests a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
A delegate protests a rule committee proposal on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Delegates from Texas wave their hats in the air on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A Florida delegate poses for the media on the opening day of the Republican National Convention at the Quicken Loans arena in Cleveland, Ohio on July 18, 2016. The Republican Party opened its national convention Monday, kicking off a four-day political jamboree that will anoint billionaire Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Delegate Beverly Gossage of Eudora, KS attends the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) gestures as he speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Linda Lingle, former governor of Hawaii, smile during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senator Kimberly Yee, a Republican from Arizona, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Matt Walter, president of the State Leadership Committee, gestures while speaking during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Bill Schuette, Michigan attorney general, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Bob Little, delegate from Michigan salutes during the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Larry Householder, former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, speaks during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Monday, July 18, 2016. The day before the start of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Reince Priebus said Donald Trump has to use the gathering to convince Americans he can be presidential. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Jeff Larson, CEO of the Republican National Convention, speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Before entering public service, Pence hosted a weekday radio program as well as a morning television show. "The Mike Pence Show" was syndicated on 18 radio stations in Indiana, and ran from 1994 to 2000. (At the time, Pence called himself "Rush Limbaugh on decaf." He's often described himself as conservative but "not angry about it.")

In 1995, Pence added TV host to his résumé. His politics show ran on Sunday mornings in the Indianapolis area.

Religious Freedom Restoration Act

In 2016, the gay rights movement has been ignited by a spat of so-called bathroom bills that aim to codify which restroom transgender people can use. In 2015, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act had a similar effect.

The bill argued the government "may not substantially burden a person's exercise of religion." Supporters said it protected businesses and individuals from doing things against their religion; opponents said it allowed discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Pence signed the bill in March 2016, and the fallout was almost immediate. Tech companies and businesses criticized the measure, and Angie's List said it wouldn't go through with a $40 million expansion of its headquarters in the state.

Although Pence defended the law, a few days later, he signed another bill clarifying that the original legislation did not permit discrimination. When he signed the second bill, Pence stated: "Over the past week this law has become a subject of great misunderstanding and controversy across our state and nation. ... Last weekend I called upon the Indiana General Assembly to clarify that this new judicial standard would not create a license to discriminate or to deny services to any individual as its critics have alleged. I am grateful for the efforts of legislators, business and other community leaders who came together to forge this clarifying language in the law."

The move quieted the controversy in Indiana, but look for this issue to pop up again during the general election.

Pro-Iraq War

While in the House, Pence supported the war in Iraq — first in 2003 for the initial invasion and then in 2007 for the troop surge. These votes reflect his in-general support for a muscular foreign policy and a large military.

That's a significantly different perspective than that of Trump, who has repeatedly come out against the Iraq invasion. But if you're expecting that to trip up Trump-Pence unity, you've got another thing coming. When asked what he thought of his running mate's stance on Iraq, Trump simply said, "I don't care."

The Koch Brothers' Network

According to a recent New York Times article, throughout his career in politics, Pence has benefited from his connections with deep-pocketed conservative donors Charles and David Koch. The Koch brothers have said they will likely stay out of the presidential race, and instead focus their monetary might on Senate and House races.

Even if the Kochs don't get involved in the top-of-the-ticket contest, Pence's relationships with that larger network of donors could prove helpful to the campaign. Trump's fundraising efforts have been spotty at best. The latest campaign finance data reveals Trump has brought in about $64.5 million and spent a little over $63 million.

The next round of campaign finance data, which covers financials from June, will be made public July 20. But keep your eyes peeled for the data that gets released in August, since that will cover fundraising totals from July — and could reveal the impact Pence has on the ticket.

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