A look inside the daily life of US Vice President Mike Pence, who loves popcorn, bikes miles at a time, and has a cat called Pickle

Vice President Mike Pence, pictured, says his favorite ice cream is Moose Tracks.

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Vice President Mike Pence, pictured, says his favorite ice cream is Moose Tracks.
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US Vice President Mike Pence is one of President Donald Trump’s staunchest defenders.

However, with calls for the president’s impeachment at an all-time high, it’s not completely outside the realm of possibility that Pence could ultimately take the top job in the White House.

So what does the vice president’s usual routine look like, when he’s not traveling? Because of the changing nature of the role, it’s hard to lock down a concrete schedule. However, Pence’s time as a member of Congress and governor of Indiana gives us some idea of what he’s up to all day.

Here’s some insight into some of Pence’s daily habits.


Pence has taken up residence at Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence for the vice president since 1974.

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The home is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory, where scientists observe the sun, moon, and stars for navigational purposes, according to the White House.

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When it comes time to go to work, Pence has an office in the West Wing, along with offices in the nearby Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

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The Washington Post reports that Pence’s White House office is next to the office of national security advisor H.R. McMaster. It’s also quite far away from the Oval Office on the first floor.

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As a member of Congress, Pence featured a signed Garfield cartoon in his office. Garfield artist Jim Davis hails from Indiana.

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In his old office, Pence also kept a “table of heroes,” featuring photos of conservative politicians like Jack Kemp, Dan Quayle, and Ronald Reagan. “It reminds me who I am,” he told Roll Call.

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Roll Call’s office tour also revealed that the then-representative kept a Bible on his desk…

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… and a shelf stocked with books that Pence described “of great consequence to me personally.” These included Dinesh D’Souza’s biography of Reagan, “Spiritual Leadership” by J. Oswald Sanders, Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for the Red October,” “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis, and “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey, among others.

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In terms of breakfast, Pence’s favorite food is said to be bacon.

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He also enjoys moose tracks ice cream for dessert later in the day.

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In 2009, Pence told The Hill that snacking on Indiana popcorn at 5 p.m. — sometimes with now-Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel — was his guilty pleasure. “If I have not had dinner or do not have plans for dinner, I usually get a bag and almost always regret it eventually,” he said.

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During his tenure in Congress, Pence told The Hill that he enjoyed grabbing a late dinner with his family. He added that “plopping down on the couch and catching up with mom and the kids” helped him unwind.

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Source: The Hill


Now that he is the vice president, Pence’s dining schedule is far more up in the air. Sometimes, he and his wife Karen dine with the Trumps.

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When it comes to dining, Pence does have certain rules. The vice president tends to avoid alcohol, according to a summary of his health history released during the campaign.

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Source: The New Yorker, Politico, Business Insider


The report also revealed that Pence has never smoked cigarettes, although he did spark a controversy in 2000 by suggesting that “smoking doesn’t kill.”

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Source: The New Yorker, Politico, Business Insider


The vice president also does not attend events that serve alcohol without his wife.

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Source: The Washington Post


In 2002, he also claimed that he never eats alone with a woman, other than Karen. Those comments have been scrutinized recently, with commentators calling the choice sexist.

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While the Washington Post reported that she has no desire to “influence policy,” Karen is one of Pence closest advisers, according to Rolling Stone. He’s referred to her as the family’s “prayer warrior” in the past and calls her “mother” as a nickname.

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On Sundays, the Pences have been spotted attending service at Sanibel Community Church in Florida and the Anglican Falls Church in Virginia.

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Source: Religion News, Free Republic


As his schedule allows, Pence also participates in a weekly West Wing Bible study, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, according to the Washington Examiner.

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Source: Washington Examiner


When he’s not working, Pence is an avid cyclist. After losing a Congressional race, he once biked 250 miles around his district, according to the Washington Post.

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Source: CBS, Politico, Washington Post


Pence has said that he also enjoys horseback riding. “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man,” he told The Hill.

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Source: The Hill


The Pence family has a cat called Pickle and a rabbit named Marlon Bundo — also known as BOTUS, or “Bunny of the United States.”

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Sources: The New York Daily News, CNN


While there has been speculation that Pence is establishing a sort of “shadow presidency” of his own, the vice president has slammed any indication that he’s planning to take over from Trump. Pence has called the president “a man with broad shoulders and a big heart.”

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