Michael Pence, Mike and Karen Pence’s only son, is in the Marines, training to be a pilot. This impressive young man is part of an equally impressive family who stands by their dad and his political career. According to Roll Call, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will be Donald Trump’s choice for vice president. (Read more about Trump’s official announcement here.) Pence has three children: Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey.
Here’s what you need to know about Michael Pence.
1. Lt. Michael J. Pence Is Training To Be a Pilot
Michael J. Pence, 23, is training to be a pilot. An article posted in 2015 mentioned that he was heading to flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. He will be a Marine Corps pilot.
According to his Facebook page, he recently got engaged and had worked at NASA Goddard starting in 2011.
2. He’s a Second Lieutenant in the Marines
Michael is creating his own future and is already a big success. In September 2015, he graduated from basic training for Marine Corps officers. His parents flew into Quantico to attend the graduation ceremony where he was commissioned as second lieutenant.
3. Michael Said He’s Had a Pretty Normal Childhood
Mike Pence was a congressman for 12 years, which meant that their children spent most of their lives in the public eye. But Michael told WTHR that they had a pretty normal childhood despite all that.
Frankly, we’ve had a pretty normal childhood. We’ve seen some cool things in DC and now Indiana, but it’s been pretty normal until the last six months…”
The quote, from 2013, was about how his dad had been elected governor of Indiana. Their lives changed as they moved back to their home state, away from DC.
4. His Dad’s Political Career Was Always a ‘Family Affair’
Although all of Mike Pence’s children are independent, they are also very close. According to WTHR, Mike’s political career was always a family affair. He told WTHR:
This has always been a family affair for us, from the very first campaign headed out to county fairs, while Karen and I would be shaking hands at the Republican tent, the kids would be standing out in front of the tent, handing out flyers and shaking hands.”
In 2012, he made a photo from his dad’s campaign his cover photo on Facebook:
5. Mike Is Proud of His Son and Often Posts About Him on Social Media
Mike Pence has always been proud of his son, Michael. He often shares photos of his son in military uniform. One person commented on this Instagram photo that it looked like Mike was following in his uncle’s footsteps.