Former Vice President Mike Pence will be joining the Heritage Foundation as a distinguished visiting fellow according to the conservative organization, who made the announcement on Thursday.
“Over the course of the past four years, our team at Heritage has worked closely with members of the Trump administration on a host of policy accomplishments,” Heritage President Kay C. James said in a statement that was released to conservative news site the Daily Wire.
“That’s why I am excited Vice President Mike Pence will join forces with Heritage to ensure we continue to advance conservative principles and policy solutions. His allegiance to the Constitution and commitment to advancing a conservative policy agenda make him an outstanding fit for The Heritage Foundation.”
The Heritage Foundation is a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., that has served as a major influence in conservative politics and policy making since it was founded in 1973.
Pence looks to The Heritage Foundation as the inspiration that moved him to help create the Indiana Policy Review Foundation (IPR) in 1989, a conservative think tank in his home state that he led as president from 1991 to 1993. During a 2008 speech delivered at Heritage, Pence praised them as the model for IPR, which he described as “the seed corn Heritage Foundation was spreading around the country in the state think tank movement.”
Pence has collaborated with Heritage closely both as congressman and then as the vice president. The Heritage Foundation partnered with Pence to help the Trump administration accomplish many of its greatest achievements.
The many constitutionalist judicial appoints, the pro-life policies, energy independence, tax cuts, and the Middle East peace deals were helped along by the work that Pence and Heritage did together over the four years Trump was in office.
“The Heritage Foundation is a flagship of the conservative movement and I am profoundly honored to join them as a distinguished visiting fellow to advance conservative policies that will benefit every American,” the former vice president said. “The Heritage Foundation helped shape my conservative philosophy for decades and played a pivotal role advancing conservative policies throughout the Trump Administration.”
“I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with the all-star team at Heritage as we continue to take the case for a strong national defense, free markets and traditional values to policymakers across the Nation and to every American who cherishes our Heritage of Freedom,” Pence added.
Pence is set to deliver a series of speeches for Heritage, along with penning a monthly column for its publication, The Daily Signal. He will also be advising the experts who are part of the organization on critical public policy issues and further help Heritage navigate all of the trouble sure to be caused by Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the White House.