Is Mike Pence resigning as governor of Indiana?
Mike Pence is resigning his position as governor in a surprise move, according to reports.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Pence was told to leave the governor’s mansion Monday.
He is a leading contender to become the next president of the United States, and he has been critical of Trump during the 2016 election.
Pence’s announcement comes as Republicans in the Indiana statehouse have been struggling to pass legislation that would protect people from discrimination in hiring, housing and public accommodations.
“I want to thank Mike Pence for the service and dedication he’s given to the Commonwealth of Indiana for the last four years,” Pence said in a statement.
“As governor, he has led the state of Indiana with great success and the people of Indiana have voted him into office with clear confidence in his leadership.
I look forward to leading the next chapter of our Commonwealth and working with all of the leadership of the Indiana General Assembly to move Indiana forward.”
The announcement comes after Pence faced intense pressure to resign in the wake of his administration’s handling of the deadly riot at a North Carolina church in 2016, and the fallout from the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub in June.
In the wake, Pence called for a special session to discuss the state’s budget and the state economy.
But the legislature adjourned after only seven hours of debate Monday and a special legislative session has been postponed until March 1.
After a lengthy debate in the statehouse, Pence was the lone Republican to vote against the bill.
Indiana’s Republican governor has been a fierce critic of Trump since the 2016 presidential election.
In the days following the deadly violence, Pence told reporters he would not be resigning until the president was impeached.
On Sunday, Pence had told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he will remain in the White House for the remainder of his term.
Pence is expected to continue as governor.