Mike Pence to Juggle End of Governor’s Term and Chair of Transition Team
“I believe in finishing what you start,” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, adding that he won’t resign prior to being sworn in as the next Vice President of the US. As president-elect Donald Trump’s head of the transition team, however, he will not be present in Indiana a good part of the time before Inauguration Day, January 20.
Pence’s travels will take him from Washington, DC to New York as part of his transition team duties. However, he said that he has faith that his Indiana administration will bring his term to a successful conclusion.
We’re going to finish strong. I’m confident that all the men and women who comprise this wonderful team, the Pence administration, are going to serve Hoosiers to the very last hours of their administration.”
He is also handling the transition to his successor, Republican Gov-Elect Eric Holcomb. Holcomb says the transition is going smoothly, and he plans to announce his appointments soon.
In Washington DC, there is speculation on how influential Pence will be in the new administration. Being the transition leader is a sign that he may become a heavy hitter.
According to Ari Fleischer, press secretary to former Pres.George W. Bush, “This is a big test for Pence. If it goes well, it will portend a bigger job for him in the White House.”
Pence is popular with many in Congress as he had served there from 2001 to 2013. Trump’s naming Pence as his vice-presidential candidate assures many Republicans in Congress that his presidency is serious and mainstream.
Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, says, “Trump has learned to trust Pence and Pence has years of experience in Congress. I think it’s daunting on Trump that he’s now got enormous responsibilities and needs the help of every experienced, competent person he can find.”