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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Gov.-elect Mike Pence visits Don Hall’s Original Drive-in at Quimby Village on Thursday to thank his fellow Hoosiers for their support.

Free advice, and lunch is on the new governor

– Drew Cowan walked into Don Hall’s Original Drive-in on Thursday asking whether Gov.-elect Mike Pence would be there. Twenty minutes later, Cowan was having lunch with him.

More accurately, Cowan was having lunch – pancakes and sausage on Pence’s tab – while Pence sat at his table, but it was still a pleasant surprise for the Decatur native, who described the incoming governor as down to earth and good to talk to.

“Lesser government, I’m all about that,” Cowan said. “I just thought it’d be a good chance to meet some people. And I got a free meal out of it, too.”

Pence spent about an hour meeting supporters, shaking hands and posing for photos, telling the packed room he was humbled and grateful to be elected the state’s 50th governor.

“As the results came in, Allen County was on our hearts and you have our heart for helping us,” he said.

Pence said his inauguration weekend will be an “all-Indiana” celebration.

“We’d love you to be a part of it, and I wanted to come here and extend a personal invitation,” Pence said, noting that it is now time for Hoosiers to come together. “The election season is over,” he said. “Now a season of service is begun.”

He said his administration will have plenty of positions to fill and encouraged those with strong ethics to consider public service by applying for jobs at

“With your help and with God’s help, we’re going to take Indiana from good to great,” Pence said.