COLUMBUS, Indiana — When Mike Pence returned to his hometown of Columbus for the first time since becoming vice president, he hoped to see a few familiar faces from among his friends in the community.

“They wanted a nice greeting party,” explained Barb Hackman, chairwoman of the Bartholomew County Republican Party.

So when Lani Czarniecki, a former congressional aide for Pence who now serves as deputy assistant to the vice president for external affairs, called Hackman on Friday with the hush-hush invitation, Hackman said she was pleased to say yes.

The invitation included her family — 11 Hackmans in all, roughly half of Sunday morning’s Columbus Municipal Airport tarmac greeting party from Columbus.

Read more about the reception in Tuesday’s print edition of The Republic.