Former Vice President Mike Pence has made another huge announcement. The news was first reported by Breitbart, and has since been confirmed: Pence is joining the Heritage Foundation.
According to the February 4 announcement, Pence will be a distinguished visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
The news was originally reported by Breitbart News and confirmed by sources familiar with the matter. “SCOOP: Former Vice President Mike Pence to join Heritage Foundation, sources confirm to Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. Story TK,” Breitbart tweeted.
SCOOP: Former Vice President Mike Pence to join Heritage Foundation, sources confirm to Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. Story TK
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 4, 2021
“The Heritage Foundation is a flagship of the conservative movement and I am profoundly honored to join them as a distinguished visiting fellow to advance conservative policies that will benefit every American. The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump Administration. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the all-star team at Heritage as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets and traditional values to policymakers across the Nation and to every American who cherishes our Heritage of Freedom,” Pence said in a release.
The announcement was then confirmed in a press release by Heritage Foundation President Kay Cole James.
“Over the course of the past four years, our team at Heritage has worked closely with members of the Trump administration on a host of policy accomplishments. That’s why I am excited Vice President Mike Pence will join forces with Heritage to ensure we continue to advance conservative principles and policy solutions. His allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to advancing a conservative policy agenda make him an outstanding fit for The Heritage Foundation,” James said.
“Mike Pence served with honor and excellence in his home state of Indiana as a congressman and as governor before becoming one of the most consequential vice presidents of our time. A man of faith, principle, and character, Vice President Pence is a heroic protector and defender the Constitution and the values that unite us as a nation. I am overjoyed that Heritage will continue to work alongside Vice President Pence as we have for the last 30 years. As much as we’ve accomplished in that time, especially over the last four years, there is so much more to be done. Knowing that Vice President Pence is still in the fight is an adrenaline shot for the entire conservative movement,” James added, celebrating the work the Heritage Foundation did with the Trump administration.
Pence Losing Popularity
Pence had been a much beloved member of the Trump administration until very recently, when many conservatives felt that he turned against them by not challenging the electoral votes of states with serious evidence of fraud and irregularities. Since then, the conservative base has been rather split on their support for the former vice president.
Breitbart News reported: “Pence regularly traveled the country hyping Trump’s agenda, and was one of Trump’s most effective messengers on everything from the pandemic to trade deals like the USMCA to the U.S. response to the rise of the Chinese Communist Party and efforts to secure the border and control the immigration system.”
Pence was also seen as a likely presidential candidate in 2024, though if President Trump runs again, Pence has very little chance of succeeding.