The Republican presidential field won’t include Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Pence will run for re-election for governor, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jeff Cardwell said Tuesday. Pence is expected to annouce his plans at a party dinner next month.
Pence, a former congressman, had been mentioned as a possible contender, but his fortunes took a big hit earlier in March when he signed into a law a measure that could allow businesses to reject gay and lesbian customers. A firestorm of protest resulted, and the law was softened.
Cardwell’s statement made it clear Pence has plans to stay in Indiana next year.
“Gov. Mike Pence is a conservative leader and dedicated public servant who always puts Indiana first,” Cardwell said in a statement. “Under his leadership, our state’s fiscal health is strong and we are outpacing the nation in job growth. In fact, more than 100,000 private sector jobs have been created since Pence took office.
“He also followed through on his promise to put education first this legislative session by making an historic investment in our children, teachers and schools. We are excited the governor will formally announce his plans to seek re-election during our annual Spring Dinner, and we look forward to hearing his ideas for the future of our great state."