Karen Pence Biography

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The prestigious American school teacher, painter, and the second lady of the United States is Karen Pence. She is the wife of Mike Pence, the 48th Vice President of the United States. Formerly she was the first lady of Indian from 2013 to 2017. Karen was born on January 1, 1957, at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas as Karen Sue Batten to father John Batten and Lilian Hacker. Her father was a United Airlines official.

Karen’s parents divorced when she was very young. She was mainly brought up in the neighborhoods of Indianapolis, Broad Ripple Village where she graduated from Bishop Chatard High School. Karen then studied to become a teacher at Butler University in Indianapolis and also minored in art. Later Karen did her Bachelor’s and Master of Science in elementary education from Butler University.

Karen Pence Career

After completing her Master of Science in elementary education from Butler University, she started off her career by teaching at John Strange Elementary school, Indianapolis. She followed her passion for teaching and even taught at other schools such as  Acton Elementary, Fall Creek Elementary, and the Orchard School all of them based in Indianapolis. Together she has dedicated more than 25 years teaching in the classroom as an elementary school teacher. In 2013 Mike Pence was appointed as the governor of the state of Indiana from 2013 to 2017, thereby making Karen the First lady of Indiana.

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During her tenure as the First Lady of Indiana, she started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation which aims at promoting individuals and organizations that encouraged and support the youth and families of the state. Overall, the foundation raised over $600,000 worth of grants to charities throughout the state in three years. On January 20, 2017, Pence became the second lady of the United States. As the second lady, she focused on raising awareness of art therapy. Pence was first introduced to art therapy while her visit to a Washington hospital while her husband’s tenure.

For the same, she visited Florida State University in October 2017 to call attention to the University’s art therapy program. She has also observed and learned art therapy programs in many countries. From the beginning, Pence was very passionate and attracted to teaching, even before becoming the first lady of Indiana she taught in many elementary schools. She said in a statement that was will soon be returning to teaching in classrooms and continue doing what she loves and also highlighted that she misses teaching art. In January 2019, she finally returned as the art teacher at Immanuel Christian School.

Karen Pence Biography

Real Name Karen Sue Pence
Birth Date 1 January 1957
Age (as of 2022) 65 Years
Birth Place McConnell Air Force Base,U.S.
Nationality American
Profession Socialite, School Teacher
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Scorpio

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 4’ 11” – in Centimetres – 151 cm 
Weight in Kilograms – 55 kg  –  in Pounds –  121 lbs 
Shoe Size 6 (U.S.)
Hair Color Dark brown
Eye Color Brown
Body Type Average


Father John Batten
Mother Lillian Batten
Sister Not Known
Brother Not Known


School Bishop Chatard High School
College Butler University

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Affair No
Is she a lesbian? No
Husband Mike Pence
Children Three (Audrey Pence, Charlotte Pence Bond, Michael Pence)
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Personal life

On August 4, 1978, she married John Steven Whitaker in Brewster County, Texas. Together they attended High school but soon got divorced. Then Karen met Mike Pence at Thomas Aquinas Church and after being in a relationship for 9 months they got engaged in August 1984 and got married on June 8, 1985. Together they have three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Audrey.

Karen Pence Net Worth

According to a financial disclosure released in 2016, Karen and Mike earned a combined amount of $113,026 US Dollars majority of which came from Mike’s role as the governor of Indiana. Karen’s business That’s My Towel Charm also reported to be a loss of $3,500 US Dollars. The Pences before joining Trump’s presidential campaign were financially destitute according to sources. There have been no reports of Karen’s net worth.


  • Karen Sue Pence is the second lady of the United States since 2017.
  • In February 2017, she was awarded the Courage Award for her contribution in support of Art therapy programs.
  • She has been also recognized by Children’s National Health System and presented with the Hero Award for support of Art therapy.
  • Pence is also the Vice Chairwoman for Sister Cities International
  • She has done watercolor illustrations for her daughter Charlotte’s book, the incomes of which are given to charities.
  • She is active on Twitter with 584.3k followers.

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