Karen Pence

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Karen Pence
Karen Pence official portrait 2.jpg
Official portrait, March 2019
Second Lady of the United States
In role
January 20, 2017 – January 20, 2021
Vice PresidentMike Pence
Preceded byJill Biden
Succeeded byDouglas Emhoff (as Second Gentleman)
Personal details
Karen Sue Batten

(1957-01-01) January 1, 1957 (age 65)
McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Steve Whitaker (m. 1978 - 1985)
Mike Pence (m. 1985)
RelationsPence family
Children• Michael

• Audrey

• Charlotte
EducationButler University (BS, MS)

Karen Sue Pence (née Batten (born January 1, 1957) is an American educator who was the Second Lady of the United States from 2017 to 2021 as the wife of Vice President Mike Pence.

Early life and Education[change | change source]

Karen Sue Batten was born on January 1, 1957, at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas to Lilian Hacker Batten and John M. Batten. She grew up in the Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis until she graduated from high school. She attended schools such as, Bishop Chatard High School and Butler University.

Marriage and family[change | change source]

Karen and Mike Pence officially got married on June 8, 1985 and the couple had three children together named Michael, Audrey, and Charlotte Pence.[1]

Second Lady of the United States (2017–2021)[change | change source]

Karen Pence assumed the role and duties as the Second Lady of the United States on inauguration day in 2017 succeeding Jill Biden. She hired Kristan King Nevins as her chief of staff; Nevin's had served in the same position under former First Lady Barbara Bush. As second lady, she worked to raise awareness of art therapy, to which she was first exposed when visiting a Washington hospital during her husband's tenure as a congressman. She continued to raise awareness of honey bee habitat destruction and the importance of pollination in 2017 by having a beehive installed at the official vice presidential residence, Number One Observatory Circle. She served as the second lady from 2017 until her husband's term ended in 2021.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Karen Pence: Holding political office always important to Mike Pence". The Republic (Columbus, Indiana). Retrieved 1 May 2015.