INDIANAPOLIS | For the first time in eight years, the Indiana Governor's Residence will soon have a governor in residence.
Republican Gov.-elect Mike Pence, who takes office Jan. 14, told reporters this week that he and his family will live in the 10,500-square-foot English Tudor-style home at 4750 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
"The Pences are deeply humbled to have the opportunity to move into the residence," Pence said. "We're very excited about it."
Pence, wife Karen and their daughter, who will attend high school in Indianapolis, will live in the home year-round. The two older Pence children currently attend college and will stay in the home during holidays and school breaks, Pence said.
Two cats, Oreo and Pickle, also will live with the Pences in the residence. Accommodations for their dog Maverick, a beagle, are still being worked out.
"The beagle is in negotiations with the Department of Administration over a first dog house in the back of the residence," Pence joked. "Apparently that would require some special appropriation that I expect to veto if given the chance."
The current Governor's Residence, Indiana's sixth, was built in 1928 and acquired by the state in 1973. The first floor is open to the public and features two large foyers, a library, a formal living room, two dining rooms, a sun porch, a large kitchen, meeting rooms and offices used by the first lady.
The second and third floors are for the private use by the governor's family and contain a living room, office, several bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large attic. There is also a guest house on the 6.5-acre property with a living room, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
"It is a welcoming place in every sense of the word," said Pence, who toured the home and grounds last week.
Gov. Mitch Daniels and his wife, Cheri, oversaw $1.2 million in donated renovations to the residence starting in 2005, including new kitchens and bathrooms and new plumbing, electric, heat, ventilation and air conditioning systems. The outside trim of the house was painted, and layers of interior paint were removed from the original woodwork.
The Daniels did not live in the Governor's Residence during Mitch Daniels' two terms in office. They instead resided in their Carmel home and used the residence as a venue for official events and guests.
The Pence family has lived primarily in Arlington, Va., for the past 12 years while Mike Pence served six terms in the U.S. House. They've recently sold that home and have been renting in suburban Indianapolis. The Pences also own a home in Columbus.