Former Vice President Mike Pence will be joining The Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow, the think tank announced Thursday.
“The Heritage Foundation is a flagship of the conservative movement and I am profoundly honored to join them as a distinguished visiting fellow to advance conservative solutions that will benefit every American,” Pence, who left office on Jan. 20, said in a statement.
Before serving a single term as vice president for President Donald Trump, Pence was governor of Indiana and represented the state’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he rose to serve as chairman of the House Republican Conference.
In the new role, Pence will advise Heritage Foundation experts on public policy issues, deliver a series of speeches on policy solutions, and write a monthly column for The Daily Signal, the think tank’s multimedia news outlet.
“The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump administration,” the former vice president said, adding:
I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the all-star team at Heritage as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets, and traditional values to policymakers across the nation and to every American who cherishes our heritage of freedom.
The Heritage Foundation inspired Pence three decades ago to help establish the Indiana Policy Review Foundation.
“Over the course of the past four years, our team at Heritage has worked closely with members of the Trump administration on a host of policy accomplishments,” Heritage Foundation President Kay C. James said in a public statement. “That’s why I am excited Vice President Mike Pence will join forces with Heritage to ensure we continue to advance conservative principles and policy solutions. His allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to advancing a conservative policy agenda make him an outstanding fit for The Heritage Foundation.”
As a member of Congress and later as vice president, Pence frequently collaborated with The Heritage Foundation.
“Mike Pence served with honor and excellence in his home state of Indiana as a congressman and as governor before becoming one of the most consequential vice presidents of our time,” James said. “A man of faith, principle, and character, Vice President Pence is a heroic protector and defender of the Constitution and the values that unite us as a nation.”
Heritage advised the Trump administration on the appointment of three U.S. Supreme Court justices, cutting taxes, energy independence, and foreign policy, among other issues.
“I am overjoyed that Heritage will continue to work alongside Vice President Pence, as we have for the last 30 years,” James said. “As much as we’ve accomplished in that time, especially over the last four years, there is so much more to be done. Knowing that Vice President Pence is still in the fight is an adrenaline shot for the entire conservative movement.”
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