Since the end of the Trump administration, there has been some speculation surrounding the future ambitions of former Vice President Mike Pence.
While many of those questions remain unanswered, new reports indicate that he has joined forces with the conservative Heritage Foundation, where he was named a distinguished visiting fellow.
“Served with honor and excellence”
As the Daily Caller explained, Pence is expected to continue working to defend and promote conservative policy positions through his forthcoming role.
He is expected to deliver speeches, pen a monthly column, and provide his advice on a range of public policy issues. A statement from Heritage Foundation President Kay James on Thursday expressed excitement over the collaboration.
“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,” James wrote.
She went on to cite this longstanding relationship as the reason she is “excited Vice President Mike Pence will join forces with Heritage to ensure we continue to advance conservative principles and policy solutions,” calling his “allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to advancing a conservative policy agenda” an asset for the think tank.
“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,” James added. “A man of faith, principle, and character, Vice President Pence is a heroic protector and defender of the Constitution and the values that unite us as a nation.”
“Working with the all-star team”
Pence issued his own statement, calling Heritage “a flagship of the conservative movement” and describing his new post as an honor, according to the New York Post.
“The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump Administration,” he wrote. “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.”
His new gig at the think tank is not Pence’s only confirmed project.
According to NBC News, he plans to form a nonprofit fundraising committee focused on public policy, which could help him build and maintain relationships with GOP donors ahead of a potential White House bid of his own.
In the meantime, Politico reports that Pence has formally established a post-administration transition office and is exploring the purchase of a home for him and his family in Indiana.