Who will take Pence’s spot if he is Trump's VP? 

Here's a list of 5 likely replacements

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[UPDATE: Pence has been chosen as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate]

If Pence, who has adamantly supported Trump, is chosen for the role here are the top four people who may take his spot as governor of Indiana.  

[UPDATE: Here is who has officially thrown their hat in the ring.] 

Brian Bosma (House Speaker)

Brian Bosma has held a seat in the Indiana House of Representatives for 30 years. This year is one of the first that he has an opponent, Democrat Dana Black. Over the years Rep. Bosma has made staunch stands by casting his vote in favor of controversial bills like Right to Work, HJR-3, RFRA and HEA 1337. Back in 2006 Rep. Bosma made an appeal to a ruling that prevent prayers in the statehouse that centered on any one religion. Bosma lives in Indianapolis.

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David Long (Senate Pro Temp)

David Long has served in the Indiana State Senate since 1996 and has been the President Pro Tempore since 2007. In 2013 Long stated that he wanted to amend the the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution and the federal government's taxing authority. Long has been a long time opponent to same-sex marriage, like many on this list. Long lives in Fort Wayne.

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Mitch Daniels 

Mitch Daniels has not given a staunch “no” yet to reporters asking about the potential of his returning run for governor. Daniels was known for pushing privatization in Indiana; just a few examples are when he sold the Indiana Toll Road and when he privatized welfare in the state. Currently he is the president of Purdue University in West Lafayette. 

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Todd Rokita former Sec. of State/current Congressman

Rep. Rokita is most well known for attempting to cut access to free and reduced school lunches at public schools around the country. He stated that the cut was intended to save $1 billion over a decade. It’s estimated that roughly 58,000 kids in Indiana would be impacted. Prior to his service in Congress, Rokita served two terms as Indiana’s Secretary of State. He was instrumental in getting Indiana’s voter ID law passed in 2005. Rokita currently resides in Plainfield.

Eric Holcomb being sworn in - NUVO FILE PHOTO
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Eric Holcomb
Holcomb has decided to pull out of the race for 
Lt. Governor in order to pursue Pence's seat as governor. According to the Statehouse File: "Pence has known Holcomb for more than 20 years and was his fraternity brother at Hanover College. Holcomb is a veteran of the United States Navy. He got his start in politics managing successful races for U.S. Congressman John Hostettler and a mayoral race in Vincennes, where he lived at the time. Holcomb has spent most of his career in public service. He has served as State Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Dan Coats. Prior to that role, Holcomb served as Gov. Mitch Daniels’ deputy chief of staff and managed the governor’s 2008 re-election campaign. Holcomb has also served as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party."

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