“Service is his motivation”

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Does "service" here mean "to serve American People heart and soul"?

Thanks in advance

Gregory said of his brother, “Law wasn’t really his thing,” adding, “He’s completely unmotivated by money. I don’t think he would think for one second about it, if it weren’t for Karen.”

“Service is his motivation,” Pence’s mother said.

-New Yorker

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    I think it likely means "service to other people" or "service to the community" – I can't get from the philosophical and general "service" to "serve in public office." I think serving in public office would allow him to be of service, but he wouldn't have to be in public office to do that.

    I agree that "to serve American People heart and soul" is way too much being read into one word. :)
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