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James David Vance (born James Donald Bowman; August 2, 1984) is an American venture capitalist, author, and politician serving as the junior United States senator from Ohio since 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he came to prominence with his 2016 memoir, Hillbilly Elegy. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Vance studied political science and philosophy at Ohio State University before earning a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. His memoir, which describes his upbringing in Middletown and his family's Appalachian values, became a New York Times bestseller and attracted significant press attention during the 2016 United States presidential election. Vance launched his first political campaign for Ohio's Senate seat in 2021 and won the Republican nomination. He defeated Democratic nominee Tim Ryan in the general election. Vance was a critic of Donald Trump during the 2016 election, becoming a member of the Never Trump movement, but changed his rhetoric after announcing his candidacy for the Senate. During his tenure in the Senate, he has been a staunch Trump loyalist and defender of Trump's most authoritarian assertions.

Education6 - 6 of 4
Yale Law School
Ohio State University
Defense Information School
Middletown High School
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
United State Senate
2023 - Current
2019 - Current
HarperCollins Publishers
2013 - Current
United States Marine Corps
2003 - 2007
Former Research Assistant
Professor George Priest, Yale Law School
Other Experience1 - 2 of 2
Former Editor
Yale Law Journal
Former President
Yale Law Veterans Association