The Republican Party’s presumptive nominee Donald Trump has confirmed that he has picked Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
Mr Trump announced his vice presidential pick in a tweet this afternoon.
He postponed a press conference that had been due to take place today, in light of the attack in Nice on Thursday night. Both men will hold a press conference in New York tomorrow at 4pm GMT instead.
I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2016
Mr Pence was a congressman for Indiana for 12 years before being elected the State’s Governor in 2012.
He is a proud Irish-American. His grandfather lived in Doonbeg, Co Clare and Tubercurry, Co Sligo before emigrating to the US in 1923. Mr Pence himself spent about six months working in Doonbeg, Co Clare. He was born into a family of Irish Catholic Democrats and idolised President John Fitzgerald Kennedy as a youngster.
After college he became born again and is now a evangelical Christian conservative Republican.
In 2006 while a Congressman he tried to get a compromise immigration bill passed, to regularise illegal immigrants. However, in 2014 he joined a multi-state lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama’s immigration executive orders.
He describes himself as “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order”, and is staunchly anti-abortion. In 2015 he signed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, in spite of objections from the LGBT and business communities. The law prohibited the government from intruding on a person’s religious liberty, initially leaving a grey area regarding a business owner’s right not to serve people based on sexual orientation or gender identity.