Mike Pence wasn’t a household name nationally before Donald Trump selected him as his running mate this past July, but the Indiana governor and vice-presidential candidate has burnished his credentials in balancing the GOP ticket with his political experience and predictable, on-message appearances. Pence, a former talk radio host, exhibited his calm demeanor and smooth delivery at last month’s vice-presidential debate. In speeches and interviews since, he has toed the line as a dutiful defender of Trump and a conservative true to his values. “Donald Trump has a message that is enlivening,” Pence told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “And it is resonating with people all across this country.” Earlier last month, Pence, 57, of small-town Columbus, Indiana, said he couldn’t condone Trump’s comments about making whatever sexual advances he wanted because of his celebrity. Trump’s comments were taped in 2005 and leaked last month. But he soon forgave Trump and called on fellow evangelical Christians to do the same. Trump defended the comments as “locker room talk” while apologizing. “My running mate showed humility,” Pence said in remarks at Liberty University. The vice-presidential candidate began his career in elected office as a congressman in 2001. He is in his first term as governor of Indiana and abandoned his re-election prospects to join Trump’s ticket. Pence has called himself “a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.” He signed into Indiana law a ban on abortions sought because the fetus has a disability or because of the fetus’ gender or race. The legislation faces a legal challenge. He also signed off on a religious freedom law that was revised — to social conservatives’ dismay — to clarify that businesses cannot use it to justify discriminating against customers on the basis of sexual orientation.