The (Columbus) Republic
From the moment Indianapolis native Karen Batten agreed to marry Mike Pence in 1984, she knew she had signed up for a life in politics. But life as first lady of the state of Indiana was a bit more unexpected.
The pair met just a block from the governor’s mansion when Karen was playing guitar at a Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Mike was in law school at the time, and Karen said he was clear from the start that holding political office was important to him.
“Running for Congress was definitely a dream of his,” said Karen, and one she fully supported. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts at the position in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pence was elected to Congress in 2000.
But when it came time for him to throw his hat in the ring for the governor’s race, the answer didn’t come quite as easily.