A brother of Mike Pence has filed a tax document indicating that he will run to fill the Congressional seat once filled by the current vice president. Mike Pence also served as governor of Indiana before taking his job at the White House. The Sixth Congressional District of Indiana is currently occupied by Rep. Luke Messer, a Republican who has announced his intention of running for Senate. Greg Pence currently serves as chairman of Messer's campaign finance committee.

On Monday,  Greg Pence formed the Greg Pence for Congress Committee, according to an Internal Revenue Service filing. Greg Pence once ran the family’s now-bankrupt chain of Tobacco Road convenience stores. He is seeking to represent the district that covers a broad chunk of central and southeastern Indiana, including Muncie and Columbus. He likely to be a shoo-in for the overwhelmingly Republican district. He bears a striking resemblance to his younger brother.

Greg Pence may also be able to rely on the very same fundraising network his brother had in Indiana, and nationally. Greg Pence lives in Columbus, Indiana -- home ground for the Pence family, which once relocated from Chicago and built a chain of filling stations. Eventually taking over the chain, Kiel Brothers Oil Co., from his father. However, during his time at the helm, the business went bankrupt in 2004. It had operated the Tobacco Road chain of convenience stores. According to Mike Pence’s 2006 tax filings, the bankruptcy cleared the future vice president of $673,000 of net worth. He currently owns an antique mall.

 

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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