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Mike Pence departs the Biden inauguration. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Vice President Mike Pence has signed a two-book deal, with a significant advance, as part of a strategy to be vocal and visible ahead of a possible 2024 presidential race, Axios has learned.

Details: Both books will be published by Simon & Schuster, and are expected to be out within the next few years. Both will emphasize his Christian faith and public service.

  • The first, to be published by 2023, is mainly a memoir of his four turbulent years in the White House with President Trump. The second will be more broadly autobiographical.

Pence, 61, said in a statement: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people." He added that he will take "readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington."

  • Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said Pence's "life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced, and the lessons he has learned, tells an American story of extraordinary public service."

Earlier Wednesday, Pence announced a policy and advocacy organization, Advancing American Freedom, backed by several high-profile Trump administration alumni.

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Apr 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

2024 watch: Mike Pence's next move

Former Vice President Mike Pence today launches Advancing American Freedom, a policy and advocacy organization "to promote the pro-freedom policies of the last four years."

The big picture: After lying low since the inauguration 77 days ago, Pence said the 501(c)(4)'s goals include "promoting traditional conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration."

Exclusive: Texas nonprofit got massive border contract after hiring Biden official

Migrants attempting to enter the United States from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Photo: David Peinado/Xinhua via Getty Images

A Texas nonprofit that recently hired a Biden transition official got a contract worth as much as $530 million to help manage the influx of migrant children at the southern border, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The contract is by far the largest ever awarded to Family Endeavors. It's potentially worth more than 12 times the group's most recently reported annual budget — a sign of the demand the new work will place on its operations.