VP Pence in Indiana for Ten Point luncheon, portrait unveiling

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was back in Indiana, where he previously served as governor.

He delivered a speech and attended the unveiling of his official state portrait.

Pence’s Air Force Two landed in Indianapolis Friday morning.

(WISH Photo)

He delivered the keynote address at a luncheon held by an anti-violence group, the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition.

Pence called President Donald Trump a “champion” of America’s inner cities.

The former Indiana governor made the remark Friday while heaping praise on the efforts of the Indianapolis anti-violence group. Pence said the group has developed a model of violence reduction that should be replicated across urban areas in the U.S.

Republican Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill announced this week he hopes to replicate the Ten Point Coalition model across the state by awarding up to $500,000 in grants. He credited the group with reducing violence in some neighborhoods.

Pence said he has told Trump about the group’s success, which local officials credit for a drop in homicides.

Next he went to his portrait ceremony at the Statehouse, which he attended with his wife, Karen Pence, as well as Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and his wife, Janet.

Pence said he was “deeply humbled” to have the painting added to the state’s collection.

The portrait of Mike Pence, Indiana’s 50th governor, is unveiled Aug. 11, 2017, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (WISH Photo)

The portrait shows the one-term Republican seated on top of his desk, with an open Bible and a family picture to his right. A stack of law books is to his left, with Indiana and U.S. flags in the background.

Pence is also wearing a tie — designed by his wife Karen — that is emblazoned with the state’s logo in the painting.

Pence’s Indiana visit came ahead of his five-day trip to Central America and South America, which begins Sunday.

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