Karen Pence
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While the rest of the world is familiar with the First Lady of the United States, very few know the identity and even the existence of such place as “Second Lady.” Yes! What else would you call the wife of the Vice President? Karen Pence is an American educator, teacher, and painter, who is married to Mike Pence; the 48th Vice President of the United States.

Judging from the controversial nature of the administration in which her husband serves, Karen Pence is perhaps one of the most silent members of the Trump administration. But this wouldn’t be her first taste of “Ladyship.” She had been the first lady of the state of Indiana since 2013 when her husband began serving as governor of the state; up until January 9, 2017. But while she is mostly known for her union with Mike Pence, this isn’t her first marriage!

Karen Pence’s Bio, Age

Karen Pence was born in Kansas on January 1, 1957; to the family of John and Lilian Batten. Her father, John M. Batten worked as a United Airlines official until his demise in 1988. When she was just a girl, her parents divorced, and her mother, Lillian, married Latin teacher, Bernard F. Barcio in 1967. She was raised in Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis. She attended Bishop Chatard High Schoo; where she graduated as valedictorian for her year. She then proceeded to Butler University, Indiana, where she studied to become a teacher, specializing in art. At Butler, Karen Pence received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in elementary education. The following twenty-five years of her life would be dedicated to education and teaching.


Karen Pence spent much of her time schooling and working in Indianapolis. Much of her career history has seen her move from school to school serving as an educator, teacher and an ace painter in her own rights. She has taught at Acton Elementary, John Strange Elementary, the Orchard School and Fall Creek Elementary. Following the birth of her first child, Michael, she took a class in watercolor painting. This “little” step would open the door to her painting career. She mostly paints portraits of houses and historic buildings. So far, Karen Pence has completed no less than thirty-five paintings a year. Most on commission and others being sold at local art fairs.

Since her husband’s election victory, she has focused on her duties as Second Lady helping her husband in his tedious work and Vice President.


Karen Pence.
Karen and her husband, Mike Pence.

Karen Pence firmly said in an interview that her family comes first in all she does. While there’s been much glitz and glamour around being the wife of the Vice President, Karen Pence continues to see herself as a family woman; who has a responsibility to her husband and three adult children.

While she is now identified as Mike Pence’s wife, Karen, during high school met her first husband, John Steven Whitaker and the couple got married on August 4, 1978, in Brewster County, Texas. Yes! Karen had a life outside Indiana, too. But the union hit a brick wall leading to their divorce a few years later. At the time, Whitaker was a medical student. She hasn’t revealed the reason(s) for the divorce on any media interview or outlet.

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Soon after her divorce, she met Mike Pence at a Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, in late 1983. She was serving as a guitarist for the church at the time. On their first date, they both went ice skating at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. They soon got engaged in August 1984 after nine months of dating; and were married on June 8, 1985. They have three children: Michael (who serves in the U.S. Marine Corps), Charlotte, and Audrey.

Facts About Mike Pence’s Wife

1. She is a trained artist; and brain behind her daughter’s book cover design

Karen Pence is not only a professional painter, but she is also known for her dedication to promoting art as a way of healing. She made the watercolor illustrations for her daughter, Charlotte’s, 2018 children’s book titled, Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.

2. Salary and Net Worth

While vying for public office, Karen and her husband, Mike, both declared their net worth to be over $2 million.

3. “Mother”

Contrary to what you think, Mike Pence doesn’t call his wife, Honey, Sweetie or the many pet names we’re used to. He simply calls her “mother.” Now that sounds creepy until you realize just how much influence she’s had on him over the years. Karen Pence has considerable influence on her husband’s conservative stance.

4. Prayer Warrior of The Family

She’s not only a darling wife, but she also serves as a spiritual cover over here family. She’s been one of the greatest influences behind Mike’s spiritual life, and that of her children.

5. Trained Pilot

Surprisingly, Karen Pence is a trained pilot.

6. Anti-LGBTQ

She doesn’t necessarily hate gay folks, she just hates what they stand for. And she has very conservative views about several aspects of life including marriage.

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