Pence back in Indiana for luncheon, official portrait unveiling

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence returned to Indiana on Friday, where the former governor delivered a speech and attended the unveiling of his official state portrait.

Pence’s Air Force Two landed in Indianapolis Friday morning.

He delivered the keynote address at a luncheon held by an anti-violence group, the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition. Pence said the group has developed a model of violence reduction that should be replicated across urban areas in the U.S.

He said he has told Trump about the group’s success, which local officials credit for a drop in homicides. Pence called Donald Trump a “champion” of America’s inner cities.

After the luncheon, Pence went to his portrait ceremony at the Statehouse, which he attended with his wife, Karen Pence, as well as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife, Janet. The portrait shows the one-term Republican seated on top of his desk, with an open Bible and a family picture to his right and a stack of law books to his left, with Indiana and U.S. flags in the background.

Pence is also wearing a tie — designed by wife Karen Pence — that is emblazoned with the state’s logo.

Pence said Friday that he was “deeply humbled” to have the painting added to the state’s collection.

Pence’s Indiana visit came ahead of his five-day trip to Central and South America, which begins Sunday.

 

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