Claire McCaskill

On Capitol Hill, Pence's high-profile role in Trump transition assures lawmakers

On Capitol Hill, Pence's high-profile role in Trump transition assures lawmakers

Vice President-elect Mike Pence stood before a roomful of House Republicans on Thursday and asked how many had his cellphone number.

Chuckles of laughter rippled through the private meeting in the Capitol basement.

“A lot of you do,” Pence said, according to those in attendance.

The former congressman is proving to be an effective envoy for President-elect Donald Trump, and his Capitol Hill visit offered a preview of the crucial role many believe the outgoing Indiana governor will play as liaison between lawmakers and the Trump White House.

“He is the secret weapon,” said Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who was among...

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