Former US vice president Mike Pence to pen memoir in 'seven-figure' book deal

The Republican politician will include his time in the Trump administration as part of the autobiography, set to be released in 2023

FILE - Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a memorial service for the late Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager in Charleston, W. Va., on  Jan. 15, 2021. Pence has a book deal. His autobiography, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out in 2023. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)
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Mike Pence has signed a deal to write an autobiography addressing his time as US vice president in the Trump administration, publisher Simon & Schuster said on Wednesday, in a two-book contract reportedly worth at least $3 million.

Pence, 61, is a conservative Republican widely believed to be considering a presidential run of his own in 2024, and a pre-election memoir would fulfil a step traditionally taken by American politicos mulling higher office.

"Vice president Pence's life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced and the lessons he has learnt tells an American story of extraordinary public service during a time of unrivalled public interest in our government and politics," said Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher at Simon & Schuster.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence stands and applauds as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reacts to President Donald Trump as he delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Leah Millis/POOL     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Mike Pence served as VP under former US president Donald Trump. Reuters

According to Pence’s agent, David Vigliano, “all major publishers” competed for the book, and the deal was worth “well into seven figures".

The currently untitled work, according to the publisher, will cover Pence's public service, including his stint as a US congressman, his rise to become the governor of Indiana, and his return to Washington as the number two official in the land.

Pence, expressing gratitude at the opportunity to tell his life story, said he looks forward to the chance "to invite readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington".

Simon & Schuster said the contract was a two-book deal, with the first volume tentatively scheduled for publication in 2023.

Two people in the publishing industry said Pence's deal is worth between $3m and $4m, CNN reported.

Pence has largely been on the political sidelines since he and Trump lost the November election to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Pence came under withering attack from Trump this year as the former president pressured his deputy to thwart final certification of the election results.

Pence defied Trump, saying on January 6 – the same day that a pro-Trump mob ransacked the US Capitol – that he would not intervene to stop the certification.