Conservative Mike Pence Elected Governor of Indiana

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 7, 2012 | 12:10 AM EST


Indiana Gov.-Elect Mike Pence (AP Photo)

( - Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who became one of the most prominent conservatives in the House of Representatives in 2003 when he unsuccessfully led the fight against President George W. Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan, has been elected governor of Indiana.

With 91 percent of the vote in, Pence led opponent John Gregg 50 percent to 46 percent and CNN had called the race for Pence. Greg formerly served as speaker of the Indiana state house of representatives.

A Libertarian candidate, Rupert Boneham, was also on the gubernatorial ballot in Indiana.

Pence was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, taking office in January 2001. Five months after taking office, he was one of only 34 House Republicans who stood up against the newly elected Republican President George W. Bush and voted against Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, which significantly increased the federal role in public primary and secondary education.

Two years later, Pence led a group of 25 House Republicans who again stood up against President George W. Bush and opposed Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan.

In the House, Pence served a term as chairman of the House Republican Study Committee, the conservative caucus of the House GOP.

In 2011, he sponsored legislation to deny all federal funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates around the country because they perform abortions.