Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has confirmed Governor Mike Pence will be his running mate. In a message on Twitter, Trump made official what had been reported by numerous news outlets and party insiders in recent days. The announcement creates turbulence throughout Indiana’s November ballot. Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office says Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R-5), Congressman Todd Rokita (R-4) and Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb have all removed their names from the ballot regarding reelection bids for their respective current offices to run for governor.
Pence has filed to remove his name from a re-election bid, as he cannot appear on Indiana ballots for two offices. One previously-considered contender, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-88), said this morning he will not run.
The party’s selection committee will have 30 days to choose a replacement for the gubernatorial spot in November.
In a tweet, Trump said "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."
Holcomb issued a statement that reads:
Donald Trump has selected as his running mate a man of unimpeachable integrity, broad experience and a deep love of this country. Governor Mike Pence’s record of leadership in balancing budgets and supporting a business climate where ingenuity can flourish will be invaluable and needed assets to the country. The governor’s selection also reflects well on the tremendous successes Indiana has achieved over the last 12 years and the Trump/Pence Administration will be great partners as we continue to move Indiana forward.