INDIANAPOLIS – With a name a lot of Hoosiers will recognize, ABC News projects that Greg Pence will win the election to represent Indiana’s 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
He defeated Democrat Jeannine Lee Lake and Libertarian Tom Ferkinhoff Tuesday.
Pence, a Columbus, Indiana businessman and veteran, had never run for political office before 2018.
Happening right now: @GregPenceIN giving his victory speech. He says his brother @VP just called to congratulate him. He is the next representative for Congressional District 6. @rtv6 pic.twitter.com/EFxTQYJ7Ro
— Nicole Griffin-RTV6 (@NicoleGriffinTV) November 7, 2018
The 6th District encompasses a large portion of eastern Indiana, stretching across 19 different counties.
Pence is the older brother of Vice President Mike Pence. He will serve in the seat his brother held for 12 years.
The Vice President Tweeted his congrats to his older brother, saying he looks "forward to working with him to advance President Trump's agenda for America and the Hoosier state."
Congrats to my brother @GregPenceIN on being elected to serve in the US Congress. Greg served our country admirably in uniform & will do the same in Washington DC. I am so proud & look forward to working w/ him to advance @RealDonaldTrump ’s agenda for America & the Hoosier State!
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) November 7, 2018
The seat was open because Rep. Luke Messer left to seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, which he did not win.
Greg Pence is a Marine veteran and owner of two antique malls.
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