One of Vice President Mike Pence's older brothers, Greg Pence, has filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service indicating he intends to run for the eastern Indiana congressional seat that Mike Pence filled for 12 years, per AP's Brian Slodysko.

Why it matters: In Indiana, and particularly among Indiana Republicans, it helps to be Mike Pence's brother. And as Slodysko points out, "he has a famous name, owns an antique business in the area and even bears a striking resemblance to his brother, with a close-cropped head of white hair."

Meet Greg Pence:

  • He lives in Columbus, Indiana — the same town the family grew up in.
  • He used to run the family's Kiel Bros. gas station and convenience store. The business later went bankrupt in 2004 under Greg Pence's watch.
  • His first formal move into politics was when he became U.S. Rep. Luke Messer's statewide finance chairman. Messer is is expected to run for Indiana's U.S. Senate seat in 2018, per Indystar.

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