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Vice President-elect, Governor Mike Pence, welcomed home to Indiana

Posted at 9:41 PM, Nov 09, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered to welcome Gov. Mike Pence back home on Thursday with a rally celebrating the vice president-elect.

The rally was set to take place at 5:30 p.m. at Indianapolis International Airport's Building 7, 7051 Pierson Drive but was delayed slightly because of flight times.

Pence arrived in Indiana just before 6 p.m. 

Indiana Governor-elect Eric Holcomb introduced Pence telling the crowd they made history Tuesday night.

"Just imagine what we can do when D.C. isn't breathing down our necks and stifling our innovation and creation and creativity with their over burdensome regulations," said Holcomb. 

"But there's one thing that every single person here doesn't have to imagine. And that is what kind of Vice President Mike Pence will be," said Holcomb. "We've known Mike Pence for over 20 years, just like so many people now are getting to know around America. And our impression of Mike Pence has never changed. He's a man of integrity, he's a man with a servants heart and he's never forgotten that cornfield in the backyard where he came from."

Pence addressed the crowd saying he was glad to be home in Indiana. 

"In my life I've been blessed in so many ways. Blessed to represent my hometown in our nation's capitol. Blessed to have the opportunity to serve as Governor of the greatest state in the greatest nation on earth," Siad Pence. "But I am deeply humbled to stand among my neighbors and friends with my family by my side, to know that it will be my great honor to take that lifetime of experience to serve as the Vice President of the United States of America."

"I'm just here to say thanks, and here to give lots of hugs."

Pence thanked his wife and daughter along with everyone who had supported him during their run for the presidency. 

He called upon Hoosiers to support the President-elect Donald Trump and the newly elected majorities in the senate along with all leadership. 

The event comes two days after President-elect Donald Trump's election victory. Trump met Thursday with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Gov. Pence has only held a few Indiana events since being picked as Trump's running mate in July, as he was busy campaigning around the country. 

Pence and his wife, Karen, voted Tuesday at a church near the governor's residence in Indianapolis before heading to New York City to be with the Trumps.

Pence's term as governor ends Jan. 9. 

He'll become vice president when Trump takes office Jan. 20.

Thursday afternoon while in Washington D.C. Pence met with Vice President Joe Biden and congressional leaders at the Vice President's West Wing Office. According to a release sent out by Vice President Biden, the two spoke about their time working together in Congress and their many years of friendship. 

The two talked about the key duties of the Vice President and Vice President Biden shared the specific policy portfolios that have been a critical focus for him during his time in office, including NATO and eastern Europe and expanding access to the middle class.

Vice President Biden offered his full support to Vice President-elect Pence in order to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of power. Biden also invited the entire Pence family to join him and his for dinner at the Naval Observatory. 

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