How ‘Gutsy’ Gov. Mike Pence is using his new position to boost the state’s reputation

The governor of Indiana has hired the former White House chief of staff to lead his re-election campaign.

“We are grateful to former President Pence for his support during this challenging time in our state and the nation,” said Lt.

Gov.

J.D. Walker in a statement.

He added, “I am confident that he will be a champion for Hoosier families in his next term.”

Walker said he chose Pence “because he has shown leadership and a clear sense of priorities that will benefit Hoosiers in their quest for economic security and quality of life.”

Pence also has a strong track record in government, with a stint as a member of the House of Representatives and a stint on the Senate Finance Committee.

In his new role, Pence will oversee the campaign of former Indiana Gov.

Matt Bevin, who defeated Democratic incumbent Tammy Duckworth in the 2016 presidential election.

The Indiana Republican’s win marks the first statewide victory by a Democrat since former President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012.

Walker has had a rocky relationship with the Democratic party in Indiana.

The governor’s administration has been under scrutiny for the state budget’s deficit, which was $4 billion lower than projected and left him in a bind.

The GOP governor has blamed the budget shortfall on Democrats for his predecessor’s handling of the budget crisis.

Democrats have blamed the Democratic governor for cutting public education and raising taxes to prop up the economy.