Who will be Donald Trump’s VP?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions have now entered the last rounds for Donald Trump’s vice presidency.

The Republican presidential nominee is expected to announce who will be on the ticket with him come November by this Friday, July 15 but who exactly are these potential VP’s?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Experience:

Former partner at Cranford’s law firm

Former Freeholder in Morris County

Former Director of the Board at Morris County

Served as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey for more than six years.

Governor of New Jersey since 2010 (was re-elected for a second term in 2013)

Most known for:

As biography.com said, he is most known for “his combative style as the Republican governor of a traditionally Democratic New Jersey,” being popular with Republicans nationwide and having national merit for his ability “to move legislation forward and win over constituents.”

He is also known for the immense support he gave New Jersey citizens to help them recover and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012.

Some of his Achievements:

He investigated corrupt Democrat and Republican public officials during his time as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey and amassed a record of 130 convictions against zero acquittals.

Has been elected as Governor twice in a moderate state.

As Governor, New Jersey’s declining economy drastically improved, gaining more than 192,200 private sector jobs.

Has balanced the State budget six times without raising the tax on citizens.

Has signed into law a bipartisan legislation to create a state-wide, mandatory drug court program.

According to the State of New Jersey’s website, he has also earned praise from Democrat and Republican leaders for “drawing national attention to his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism, and environmental polluters.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Experience:

Former Southern regional director for Nelson Rockefeller

Former Senator for the 6th District of Georgia (was re-elected 10 times)

Former Speaker of the House

Political commentator

Most known for:

Being the leader of the anti-Clinton “Republican Revolution” movement in 1994.

Pushing for Clinton’s impeachment after the affair scandal involving White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

Some of his Accomplishments:

Leader who pushed the charges against Democratic Speaker of the House, Jim Wright, in 1988, with claims that he had violated financial campaign rules.

Became the first Republican Speaker of the House after 40 years in the 1994 mid-term elections.

Many of the conservative items mentioned in his “Contract With America” were passed and became law.

Became Time Magazine’s “Man of the Year” for 1995.

Made Clinton sign the GOP welfare reform act.

Led four straight balanced budgets during the Clinton administration.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Experience:

Private practice attorney

Former President of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation

Former talk show radio host

Former Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives

Chairman of the House Republican Conference of 2008

Governor of Indiana

Most known for:

According to Indiana’s government website, he quickly established a record in Congress as “serving his constitutents and championing fiscal responsibility, smaller government and economic growth,” and has kept Indiana’s AAA credit rating while helping it earn “its global reputation for being a great place to do business.”

Being highly favored by the Republican billionaire conservative megadonors, Charles and David Koch, and has been called the “Second Most Conservative Governor in America” by Nate Silver of the New York Times.

Some of his Achievements:

Creating the largest state tax cut in Indiana history.

Lowering the business property tax and corporate income tax of Indiana.

Signed into law the first State funding for pre-K education in Indiana.

Has made career and technical education a priority in Indiana high schools.

Has contributed to the building of roads and bridges in Indiana to increase job growth.

Has worked with the Indiana General Assembly to create a balanced budget that creates a surplus.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions

Experience:

Former Captain in the United States Army Reserve

Practicing attorney

Former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama

Former United States Attorney for Alabama’s Southern District (held for 12 years)

Former Alabama Attorney general

United States Senator (was re-elected in 2014 for a fourth term)

Most known for:

Being a “budget hawk” in restraining federal spending, making permanent beneficial tax cuts and being a strong advocate for the military and the environment.

Some of his Accomplishments:

Authored the Honoring Every Requirement of Exemplary Service (HEROES) act, which increases the payment families of fallen combat soliders receive from $12,000 to $100,000 and also increased the maximum life insurance benefits servicemen can receive from $250,000 to $400,000.

Created legislation that added the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge near Anniston to the National Wildlife Refuge system.

Authored a “key provision” in a 2001 tax cut bill to make tuition savings and prepaid tuition plans interest tax free for families enrolled in the Alabama Prepaid College Tuition Plan.

As stated in his website, he has also received numerous awards while serving in the Senate such as the American Conservative Union Award for Conservative Excellence; the Reserve Officers Association Minuteman of the Year Award; the National Taxpayers Union Friend of the Taxpayer Award; the Watchdogs of the Treasury Golden Bulldog Award; the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award; the Coalition of Republican Environment Advocates Teddy Roosevelt Environmental Award; and the Alabama Farmers Federation Service to Agriculture Award.

 

 

Data for this report was compiled from various sites: biography.com, politico.com, usnews.com, time.com, ballotpedia.org, state.nj.us, in.gov and sessions.senate.gov.

Donald Trump Image by Gage Skidmore.

 

 

 

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