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Pence living near DC before returning to Indiana this summer, sets up transition office

Former Vice President Mike Pence has opened a transition office in Northern Virginia and is living in the Washington D.C. suburb before returning to Indiana this summer.

Pence made his first post-White House announcement on Wednesday, two weeks after Joe Biden took office and amid speculation over what’s next for the former vice president. 

‘Mr. and Mrs. Pence are residing in Northern Virginia and plan to move back to Indiana this summer,’ the statement said.

And it indicated a possible return to public life for Pence, who served as governor of Indiana before joining Donald Trump on the 2016 presidential ticket.

‘The Vice President and Mrs. Pence look forward to continuing to elevate causes that are near and dear to their hearts and serving the American people when called upon,’ the statement said. 

The office is located in Arlington, across the Potomac River from Washington. Pence, like Donald Trump, receives federal funds to set up a transition office to complete any outstanding work. Trump set up his office in Palm Beach, Fla. Pence also still has Secret Service protection.

The statement comes after reports that Pence was homeless and jobless with some speculation he was couch surfing.  Pence sold his Indiana home after he became governor and lived in the state gubernatorial mansion. As vice president, he was provided as house in the Naval Observatory. 

Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen are living in Northern Virginia before returning to Indiana this summer, the Pences are seen in Columbus, Ind., on January 20th

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff share a light moment as they send-off former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence

Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff share a light moment as they send-off former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence

Pence is seen as a 2024 presidential candidate although he’s said nothing about making his own White House bid. He will form a policy-focused fundraising committee that would help him maintain a relationship with donors, NBC News reported, and it would give him a measure of influence in the 2022 midterm election.

Pence has made no public appearances since Inauguration Day. He’s only sent one tweet – on January 29th – praising the March for Life that took place that day.  

Pence, unlike Donald Trump, attended Biden’s inauguration ceremony, sitting in the stands as Biden took the oath of office.

He had defied Trump and certified Biden’s win, coming out of a secure location in the Capitol on January 6th, after rioters attacked the building and interrupted the process. 

Pence denounced the attackers and returned to presiding over the certification ceremony, gaveling it to a close in the early morning hours.

Trump had called on Pence to block the certification, which Pence did not have the constitutional authority to do and said he would not carry out.

Some of the mob could be heard chanting ‘Hang Mike Pence.’ The Washington Post reported they got within 100 feet of the vice president. 

Mike Pence watches Kamala Harris take the oath of office on Inauguration Day

Mike Pence watches Kamala Harris take the oath of office on Inauguration Day

Mike Pence waves goodbye to Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff on Inauguration Day

Mike Pence waves goodbye to Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff on Inauguration Day

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence walk off their government ride to Columbus, Indiana, on Inauguration Day

Former Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence walk off their government ride to Columbus, Indiana, on Inauguration Day

The incident fractured the relationship between the two men. And it angered many rank-and-file Republicans who didn’t like Trump’s demands of Pence, who was famously loyal to the president.

In the closing days of the Trump administration, Pence filled a leadership void left by the outgoing president. He spoke with incoming-Vice President Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her victory. Trump never called Biden.

Pence also took over many duties traditionally done by an outgoing president, including receiving a briefing at FEMA on inauguration security, stopping at a federal office building to thank executive operators for their work, final photo-ops with staff and their families, handing out challenge coins, and thanking the troops for their service.  

Pence stopped at the U.S. Capitol in his final week in office to thank National Guardsmen ahead of the inauguration ceremony.

‘Thank you for stepping forward for your country,’ the vice president told the guardsmen, who huddled up around him as the Capitol Dome stood, lit up in the background.  

On Inauguration Day, Pence was greeted warmly by former Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton at Biden’s swearing-in. He skipped President Trump’s departure ceremony to be at the Capitol for the peaceful transfer of power.

After the ceremony ended, Pence and his wife Karen flew to Columbus, Indiana, where they thanked supporters who turned out to greet them. 

‘There’s no place like home,’ Pence told them. 


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