Trumpworld is secretly Penceworld. These are the 18 most important power players advising the veep and likely front-runner for the 2024 GOP nomination.

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Summary List Placement

Vice President Mike Pence has a powerful and loyal circle of advisors and family members who behind the scenes have helped him rise to one of the most important jobs in American politics and policy. 

They’re also positioned to help him go even further.

What’s perhaps most critical to know about Pence is that he’s an all-important bridge between Trump’s political base and the conservative religious and establishment stalwarts that make up the boundaries of the Republican Party.

He keeps a relatively low profile through it all, but he has installed many of his longtime advisors in key administration and political roles, allowing him to shape the policy and personnel that govern the country.

Many of Pence’s top aides, including Marty Obst and Marc Lotter, play significant roles in Trump’s campaign and administration. This list illustrates how much of Trumpworld is secretly Penceworld — and what that will mean come 2024 as Pence enters the Republican nominating contest, no matter who wins this November, as the undisputed front-runner.

Insider will update the Pence rankings periodically to reflect any important changes.

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Second lady Karen Pence

Pence may surround himself with a tight-knit group of loyalists, but his inner circle consists of just one person: second lady Karen Pence. 

When Pence served in the House, he had a faux-antique phone installed on his desk, and only his wife and their children had the number. As he ascended to the Indiana governor’s mansion and the White House, she has served as a quiet but powerful advisor and gatekeeper for her husband.

The deeply religious couple have drawn fascination and criticism from political watchers, and  Karen Pence plays a key role in influencing her husband’s conservative policy stances.

In 2002, Pence told The Hill that he didn’t eat alone with a woman who isn’t his wife — known generally as the “Billy Graham rule,” for the late Christian evangelist. Pence didn’t adopt that stance until he moved to Washington in 2001 as a new member of the House of Representatives. He later drew heat for that position from critics who said he was being sexist. 

Like her predecessor Jill Biden, Karen Pence returned to her teaching job while holding the office of second lady. 

But the Virginia school where she accepted a part-time art-teaching position requires employees to disavow same-sex marriage, prohibits premarital sex for employees, and effectively bars LGBTQ employees, The Washington Post reported.

As Pence seeks a second term as vice president and likely has his eye on the top job four years from now, be sure to keep an eye on the woman at his side.

Marty Obst, chief political advisor

Obst is the most important political advisor to the vice president outside Karen Pence. He works for the Trump-Pence campaign as a bridge between the two running mates, but he’s been …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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