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Vice President Mike Pence at the Cops for Trump event held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, on Aug. 11, 2020. (Photo: Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star)

For a lifelong midwesterner, Vice President Mike Pence has quite a few Arizona ties.

Some, like his son’s ongoing military service in Yuma, are personal. Others, like the overseas trips he took with the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, are professional. And some are a bit of both, like his working relationship-turned-friendship with Gov. Doug Ducey. 

“I’m telling you what,” the vice president told a West Valley crowd in mid-September: “The Pence family loves Arizona!”

Pence will return to the Phoenix area Thursday to host a rally at a tactical-gear supply business in Peoria as Arizona continues its countdown to the Nov. 3 presidential election. 

Ahead of his visit, here’s a closer look at Pence’s connections