From administration policies to chairing the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, former Vice President Pence has a new title: 2022 AED Summit Keynote Speaker.
When thousands of equipment distributors, manufacturers and service providers representing hundreds of companies gather in Orlando this January for AED’s Summit, they will have an opportunity to hear from the 48th Vice President of the United States, Michael R. Pence.
FROM SMALL TOWN TO THE U.S. CAPITOL
The Honorable Michael Pence was born in Columbus, Indiana, one of six children. As a young boy, he had a front row seat to the American Dream. His family ran a successful convenience store business in their small town. It was there where he learned the importance of hard work, faith, and family.
Pence went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in history from Hanover College in 1981. While there, he embraced his Christian faith, which remains the driving force in his life. He later attended Indiana University School of Law and met the love of his life, Karen. After graduating, Pence practiced law, led the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, and began hosting “The Mike Pence Show,” a syndicated talk radio show and a weekly television public affairs program in Indiana.
In 2000, he launched a successful bid for his local congressional seat, entering the United States House of Representatives at the age of 40. The people of east-central Indiana elected Pence six times to represent them in Congress.
On Capitol Hill, he established himself as a champion of limited government, fiscal responsibility, economic development, educational opportunity and the U.S. Constitution. His colleagues quickly recognized his leadership ability and unanimously elected him to serve as chairman of the House Republican Study Committee and the House Republican Conference. In this capacity, Pence worked to make government’s role smaller and more effective through spending reduction and the return of power to state and local governments.
GOVERNOR OF INDIANA
In 2013, Pence left the nation’s capital when Hoosiers elected him the 50th governor of Indiana. He brought the same limited government and low-tax philosophy to the Indiana Statehouse. As governor, he enacted the largest income tax cut in Indiana history, lowering individual income tax rates, the business personal property tax, and the corporate income tax to strengthen the state’s competitive edge and attract new investment and good-paying jobs. Due to his relentless focus on jobs, the state’s unemployment rate fell by half during his four years in office, and at the end of his term, more Hoosiers were working than at any point in the state’s 200-year history.
As governor of Indiana, Pence increased school funding, expanded school choice, and created the first state-funded pre-K plan in Indiana history. He made career and technical education a priority in every high school. Under his leadership, Indiana, known as “The Crossroads of America,” invested more than $800 million in new money for roads and bridges across the state. Despite the record tax cuts and new investments in roads and schools, the state remained fiscally responsible, as Pence worked with members of the Indiana General Assembly to pass two honestly balanced budgets that left the state with strong reserves and AAA credit ratings that were the envy of the nation.
JOURNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE
It was Indiana’s success story, Pence’s record of legislative and executive experience, and his strong family values that prompted President Donald Trump to select Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016. The American people elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Pence on November 8, 2016. They entered office on January 20, 2017.
Pence played a very active role in the vice presidency, achieving a broad array of legislative accomplishments. He also excelled at articulating the administration’s agenda – locally as he traveled the nation as well as internationally, representing the United States of America at multiple conferences held in Asia, the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East and South America.
While Pence was in office, America renewed its commitment to space exploration, reviving the National Space Council of which Pence acted as chairman. Under Vice President Pence’s leadership, the National Space Council enacted a new National Space Policy and named 18 NASA astronauts to the Artemis Team.
Vice President Pence also led the White House Coronavirus Task Force, combatting the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic by driving American innovation in testing, medical supplies, therapeutics, and the development of safe vaccines, which was accomplished in groundbreaking time through Operation Warp Speed.
A DINNER AND CONVERSATION WITH FORMER VICE PRESIDENT PENCE
Former United States Vice President Mike Pence will be joining the ranks of previous noteworthy AED headliners like President George W. Bush, former Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie, and former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, to name a few, as the 2022 Summit keynote speaker next January.
Attendees can expect to hear from the former vice president on Wednesday evening as part of the conclusion of Summit. As has been the tradition in years past, the 48th vice president will be joined onstage by AED’s President and CEO, Brian P. McGuire, for questions and an informative discussion upon completion of the event’s closing dinner.
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Time: 6:30–9:00 p.m.
Price: Included with Summit registration
Dress Code: Business attire
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