An Opening Prayer for a Congressman and His Staff

Mike Pence gathers his staff for a morning prayer.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

The No. 3 House Republican, Indiana's Mike Pence, describes himself this way on his Internet site: "A Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." So it shouldn't be too surprising that before plunging into GOP politics on many mornings, he gathers his staff for a little prayer—a practice he repeats at day's end. "Congressman Pence and his staff often pray for our country and for wisdom in serving the American people," says spokesman Matt Lloyd. "We pray for colleagues in Congress, the president, and other leaders of this country. Sometimes, we even pray for the press."

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