The Associated Press

NDIANAPOLIS — Greg Pence, Mike Pence’s oldest brother, launched a campaign Wednesday for the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years.

A campaign announcement video touts Greg Pence as a Republican who believes in “fiscal responsibility, the sanctity of life” and “our Second Amendment rights.”

“I’m going to fight to help (President) Donald Trump help our district,” Greg Pence says in the video. “That’s why I’m running for the United States Congress.”

In a campaign news release late Wednesday afternoon, Pence promised to focus on the issues that are critical to improving the quality of life for Hoosiers. He pledged to work to strengthen the economy, create jobs, protect U.S. borders and support men and women in uniform.

 

Pence joined the Marine Corps in 1979 in his hometown of Columbus. Today, Pence said he feels the same calling to serve his country and the people in the Sixth District.

“More than 30 years ago I stepped forward to serve my country as an officer in the Marine Corps. Once you experience what it is like to serve your fellow citizens, you are always looking for different ways to do that,” Pence said.

“As my wife Denise and I traveled around the district, more and more people encouraged us to consider a run for Congress,” Pence said. “Our family and friends have been incredibly supportive, and we are very grateful.”

On Monday, he formed the Greg Pence for Congress Committee, according to a filing with the Internal Revenue Service that was obtained by The Associated Press.

Barb Hackman, chairwoman of the Bartholomew County Republican Party, said she had seen Pence’s video announcement and thought it was well done.

“He had talked to me and asked if I would consider joining his team,” Hackman said during conversations over the past few months. “Yes, I would certainly support him for the 6th District of Congress.”

Read more in Thursday’s print edition of The Republic.