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THE AUTHOR of Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance won a seat in the United States Senate in November 2022.

The Ohio native succeeded the retiring state senator, Rob Portman.

J.D. Vance speaks before former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Dayton International Airport on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Vandalia, Ohio

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J.D. Vance speaks before former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally at Dayton International Airport on Monday, November 7, 2022, in Vandalia, OhioCredit: AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Who is J. D. Vance?

J.D., whose legal name is James David, graduated from Middletown High School before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

After serving in the Iraq War, Vance returned to the US and graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy and received a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

Vance later moved to San Francisco and began working in technology.

In 2016, he published Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Critics met the New York Times bestseller with acclaim and public dismay.

He returned to Ohio and launched Narya Capital in Cincinnati alongside Peter Thiel, Eric Schmidt, and Marc Andreessen.

In 2020, Netflix released a film version of Hillbilly Elegy.

Although an exact net worth for J.D. Vance is not readily available, multiple outlets estimate his net worth to be around $7 million.

Will J. D. Vance be Donald Trump’s Vice President?

Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for the 2024 United States presidential election.

Many voters are curious about who his running mate will be in the upcoming election.

On May 13, 2024, J.D. joined the former president in a Manhattan courtroom for the latter’s ongoing hush-money trial.

According to NBC, he is also listed as a “special guest” in an upcoming Trump fund-raising luncheon, fueling speculation that he might be a front-runner for Trump’s VP.

However, the Trump campaign has not officially announced a running mate.

J.D. Vance embraces his wife Usha Vance after winning the primary on May 3, 2022, in Cincinnati, Ohio

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J.D. Vance embraces his wife Usha Vance after winning the primary on May 3, 2022, in Cincinnati, OhioCredit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Is J. D. Vance married?

J.D. Vance married Usha Chilukuri, one of his former law school classmates, in 2014.

Usha works as a litigation associate for Munger, Tolles, & Olson.

During her time in law school, she served as the Executive Development Editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology.

She is licensed to practice law in California, Ohio, and the District of Columbia.

The couple share two children.

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