Mike Pence: Champion Of Public Broadcasting
February 26 — Courtesy of Moody On The Market
When he was one of the most conservative members of the U.S. Congress, now Indiana Governor Mike Pence was not exactly what one might consider to be a supporter of public broadcasting in America. He has, however, since looked at the world of public media through a decidedly different lens and not only has become a staunch supporter, but was recognized today in Washington D.C. as the Champion of Public Broadcasting.
The award, presented by The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS), is given to political leaders and other individuals who safeguard the abillity of local public television stations to provide educational, public safety and civic engagement services to their communities. As many of you may know, I am a long time member of the WNIT Public Television station Board of Directors in South Bend, and have served for seven years on the APTS national Board of Directors as well. The Indiana contingent of public television stations is extremely proud that Governor Pence has become the supporter that he is.
Patrick Butler is the President & CEO of APTS. He says, “Governor Mike Pence is a highly-respected conservative who jealously guards taxpayers’ interests, believes deeply in limited government, values the public service mission of public television, and has recommended an investment of State funds in support of that mission in Indiana.” He adds, “We are profoundly grateful for his support of our work in education, public safety and well-informed citizenship, and we are honored to present a well-deserved Champion of Public Broadcasting Award to one of the most principled and talented political leaders in our country.”
In his acceptance speech before the Public Media Summit underway in Washington, Governor Pence told attendees, “The foundation of a free society is an educated and informed public. For decades, Indiana’s public television stations have enriched and engaged the Hoosier public and reflected the state’s values. I am grateful for their service and that of the Association of Public Television Stations in furthering the knowledge of viewers across this great nation every day.”
Governor Pence is a lifelong Hoosier with legal, small business and policy experience. He was elected the 50th Governor of the State of Indiana in 2012 and inaugurated on January 14, 2013. He is dedicated to continuing Indiana on a pathway to success through fiscal responsibility, economic development and educational opportunity for every Hoosier child.
Prior to being elected governor, Pence represtend Indiana’s 6th Congressional District in Congress.