Current Position: Venture Capital since 2017
Candidate: 2022 US Senator
Source: Campaign page
Conservative Outsider. Marine. Businessman. Author.
JD grew up in Middletown, Ohio, a once flourishing American manufacturing town where Ohioans could actually live a middle-class life. But over time, he witnessed jobs and economic opportunities slowly disappear from the community, leaving family, friends, and neighbors with nothing.
Turbulence was common at home and at school. JD’s father left home when he was a young boy. His mother struggled with drug addiction his entire life. His grandmother, called Mamaw, was his saving grace. Her tough love and discipline kept him on the straight and narrow. That, or maybe the fact that she owned 19 handguns. She taught him the importance of being grounded in faith and family and the prospect that a better life lay ahead.
JD went on to serve our nation in the Iraq War as a proud Marine, graduated from The Ohio State University, received his law degree from Yale Law School, and became a successful investor in Silicon Valley. He wrote a bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy, which was turned into a movie on Netflix.
After the success of his book, JD became a well-known commentator. On conservative and liberal networks, JD fiercely defended working-class Americans and the conservative way of life that values grit, determination, and freedom. JD is now a fixture on Fox News Channel, Newsmax, and other outlets.
JD moved back to Ohio in 2017. He has seen firsthand livelihoods devastated by job loss, addiction, economic turmoil and so much more. He started a business in Cincinnati and has focused on growing companies that create well-paying jobs. His business experience taught him firsthand that so many American companies struggle with unfair competition from China and from their own government, which often rewards multinational technology firms over Ohio small businesses.
Ohio needs a true conservative in the U.S. Senate. It needs someone who understands how our economic and government leaders conspire to make life harder for normal Americans. It needs someone who knows what it’s like to live in a left-behind community. It needs someone who is not a career politician, recycling cheap establishment talking points instead of focusing on our real problems.
A conservative outsider. That outsider is JD Vance.
Source: Campaign page
American Decline Was a Choice
My hometown of Middletown, Ohio is full of great people, and it has one of the highest citizenship rates in the country—nearly every person who lives there is a US citizen. Yet it has a poverty rate 15 percent higher than the national average. In many of our biggest cities, even right here in Ohio, drive around and you’ll see homeless encampments and trash strewn everywhere. Crime has skyrocketed, and even many successful families find it harder to get ahead. Every day, we read about a new assault on our country: from the Chinese who are stealing from American industry, or from our own “leaders” who teach our kids to hate their own country. Why is this happening? For a simple reason: our leaders have failed.
They chose to flood our country with criminals and drugs. They chose to take a knee as radicals ransacked our cities and made our communities less safe. They chose to make a quick buck by selling our industrial base to China. They chose censorship over the First Amendment.
Our parents and grandparents gave us the most prosperous nation in the world, and our leaders have chosen decline and plunder. But under our Constitution, We the People have the power, and it’s time we used it to fight back.
Democracy & Governance
You have to hand it to the Democrats: give Republicans power, and we try to pass a new law; give Democrats power, and they try to legalize electioneering and ballot harvesting. It’s time to end the COVID-era changes to our elections–we need to go back to having an election day in this country, not an election season, and we need other common sense measures too: Voter ID, signature verification on absentee ballots, and an end to mass mail-in voting.
Economy & Jobs
Restore America’s Manufacturing Base
Our country used to value working class jobs, and then the manufacturing base of our economy was shipped overseas. Working class Ohioans were left in the dust. Job loss devastated families. Communities were forgotten. I’ll fight against the corporate elites who want to continue the status quo that plunders the millions who are unable to use their hands to earn a decent wage.
Over the last four years, President Trump scrapped terrible trade deals and renegotiated them, imposing punitive tariffs on companies that manufacture in China and other nations. These were the right policies, and the effort to rebuild our industrial base is only beginning.
Defend American Small Businesses
Now more than ever, our economy favors foreign companies that vocally oppose American values. Why do Apple and Coca Cola feel the need to threaten states that pass election integrity measures? And why does our economic policy reward them more than local businesses? Our family-owned, American-made businesses are doomed if this trend continues. Did you know that Google, a massive technology company that actively works with the Chinese Communist Party pays a lower tax rate than many Ohio manufacturers who struggle desperately to never do business with the Chinese? At the same time, some of our biggest companies funded Black Lives Matter riots that destroyed our towns and cities. I’m done with an economy that favors anti-American multinationals over pro-American local businesses.
My fellow Republicans love to talk about tax cuts. By all means, let’s cut the taxes of the companies that invest in our country. But we’re going to raise taxes on companies that ship jobs overseas and use their money to fund anti-American radical movements. If these companies are going to wage war on America, it’s time America wages war on them.
Dismantle Big Tech Oligarchy
I know the technology industry well. I’ve worked in it and invested in it, and I’m sick of politicians who talk big about Big Tech but do nothing about it. The tech industry promised all of us better lives and faster communication; instead, it steals our private information, sells it to the Chinese, and then censors conservatives and others for daring to have a controversial opinion.
The solution is simple: we need to break up the big tech companies, to reduce their power in our economy and our politics. We also need to ban the theft of our personal information. If they want our data, it’s time they paid for it.
Spending and Inflation
The Biden administration has spent billions and billions of dollars on things we don’t need. Why do we need a “transportation equity” agency to ensure that we don’t have too many male truck drivers? Why are we spending billions on battery technologies that are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and built by Chinese workers? The result of needless spending is runaway inflation, which has made it harder for normal Americans to afford basic necessities. Inflation has hit our seniors especially hard, many of whom live on a fixed income. It’s time to get this inflation under control.
Health & Education
Protect Conservative Values
The Left has decided to wage a culture war against traditional values. People get fired for saying things that were commonsense 10 years ago. They take hundreds of billions of American tax dollars and send it to universities that teach that America is an evil, racist nation, which is all critical race theory (CRT) is. Those universities then train teachers who bring that indoctrination into our elementary and high schools.
It’s time for us to fight back. Not a single additional dollar for universities—in Ohio or out—that teach critical race theory or radical gender ideology. We need to force our schools to give an honest, patriotic account of American history. And we must give parents resources to control their kids’ education—whether they choose a traditional public school, a charter school, a religious school, or a home school.
Conserve Traditional Families
Many of our families are broken. I know what it’s like to grow up without a father in the home, and the problems that can create for a lifetime. We need to reinvigorate the American family, make it easier to support a family on a single middle-class wage, and encourage fathers to step up in families across our country.
Currently our tax code penalizes marriage and family, we should turn that on its head and reward marriage and family.
Combat Drug and Opioid Epidemic
Opioid addiction has devastated my family and my community. More and more Ohioans are falling victim to addiction, which means an entire generation of children orphaned, and another generation of grandparents forced to step up for our community’s kids. Communities are on the decline as job loss and poverty further engulf them. I’ll work to tackle the drug epidemic, eliminate the drugs coming into our community, and help those devastated by addiction. America is a country of second chances, and I’m proud to say that people in my own family have struggled with addiction for a decade before coming out on the other side of it. We need to ensure more second chances for Ohioans from all walks of life.
Restore Sanity on COVID-19
COVID-19 is undoubtedly a horrible disease that has killed many Americans. But we now know enough about COVID and have developed therapies and vaccines that should allow us to get back to normal. You shouldn’t have to “show your papers” to go to a restaurant in our country, and our children—who are not at significant risk from COVID-19—should be able to go to school in person, without masks hiding the faces of their friends and teachers.
Solve Southern Border Crisis
Unchecked, illegal immigrants are entering our country at record rates. Joe Biden’s do-nothing policies give millions of aliens a free pass to break our laws, traffic drugs into our communities, contribute to rising crime and take jobs away from hardworking Americans. Biden’s policies have created a crisis out of thin air, after four years of President Trump’s successful efforts to get our border under control. As Ohio’s next senator, I will oppose every attempt by the Democrats to grant amnesty, so that our communities are safe places to live and work and raise a family. I’ll also work to finish construction of a border wall, and double the number of border agents in our country. Border security is not rocket science—we simply need the political will and the resources to do it.
We also must reform our legal immigration system. In no other developed country do we allow migration primarily based on family relations rather than skills. Millions of people want to come here, and we should only allow them if they contribute something meaningful to our country. Importantly, our ability to assimilate immigrants successfully—something our country should be proud of—is contingent on American leadership that loves this country. Forty years ago, new American immigrants came to a country where bipartisan leaders delivered a simple message: this great country is now your own, and you have a duty to help build it. Today, those same leaders deliver a different message: this is an evil and racist country, and you owe nothing to it. Because of this, our capacity to assimilate the next generation of immigrants is limited, and our legal immigration system should account for this fact by changing who we let in and reducing the total numbers.
A Foreign Policy that Puts Americans First
For two decades, global elites have played a trick on normal Americans: send your sons and daughters to die for nation-building wars in some far flung corner of the world, and when their utopian fantasies fail, accept millions of refugees into middle and working class neighborhoods. This is a bad deal for Americans, a bad deal for our troops, a bad deal for the refugees, but a good deal for the elites who profit from endless war.
Importantly, American political leaders should stop using America’s military as a social justice side project. Our troops don’t need to focus on diversity or equity or any other progressive buzzword; they need to focus on fighting and winning America’s wars.
I am 100 percent pro-life, and believe that abortion has turned our society into a place where we see children as an inconvenience to be thrown away rather than a blessing to be nurtured. Eliminating abortion is first and foremost about protecting the unborn, but it’s also about making our society more pro-child and pro-family
Protect Second Amendment Rights
Joe Biden and anti-democracy multinational companies are trying to find new ways to take guns away from law-abiding citizens. They’re making it harder to buy firearms and ammunition, and imposing new, unconstitutional regulations on American citizens. I will fight the gun grabbers, whether they’re federal bureaucrats enacting regulations or multinational companies punishing people for exercising their rights. When a payments processor attempts to restrict Americans from buying firearms or ammunition, I’ll push back with federal legislation.
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James David Vance (born James Donald Bowman; August 2, 1984) is an American venture capitalist and author. He came to prominence with his 2016 memoir Hillbilly Elegy. A member of the Republican Party, he is the nominee in the 2022 United States Senate election in Ohio.
Born in Middletown, Ohio, Vance studied political science and philosophy at Ohio State University and earned a law degree from Yale. 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 with 32% of the vote. He will face Democrat Tim Ryan in the general election.
Early life and education
James David Vance was born on August 2, 1984, in Middletown, Ohio, located between Cincinnati and Dayton, as James Donald Bowman, the son of Donald Bowman and Bev Vance. He is of Scots-Irish descent. His mother and father divorced when Vance was a toddler. Shortly afterward, Vance was adopted by his mother’s third husband. Vance and his sister were raised primarily by his grandparents, James and Bonnie Vance, whom they called “Mamaw and Papaw”. J. D. later went by the name James Hamel, the surname of his stepfather, until adopting the surname Vance in honor of his grandparents.
Vance was educated at Middletown High School, a public high school in his hometown. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the Iraq War as a journalist with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, performing public affairs activities. Vance later graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy. While at Ohio State, he worked for Republican Ohio State Senator Bob Schuler.
In 2016, Harper published his book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. It was on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2016 and 2017. It was a finalist for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Nonfiction. The New York Times called it “one of the six best books to help understand Trump’s win“. The Washington Post called him the “voice of the Rust Belt,” while The New Republic criticized him as “liberal media’s favorite white trash–splainer” and the “false prophet of blue America”. Economist William Easterly, a West Virginia native, criticized the book, calling it a “Sloppy analysis of collections of people—coastal elites, flyover America, Muslims, immigrants, people without college degrees, you name it—has become routine. And it’s killing our politics.”
In 2017, he joined Revolution LLC, an investment firm founded by AOL cofounder Steve Case, as an investment partner, where he was tasked with expanding the “Rise of the Rest” initiative, which focuses on growing investments in under-served regions outside Silicon Valley and New York City tech bubbles.
In January 2017, Vance became a CNN contributor. In April 2017, Ron Howard signed on to direct a film version of Hillbilly Elegy, which was released by Netflix in 2020, and starred Owen Asztalos and Gabriel Basso as Vance.
In 2019, he co-founded Narya Capital in Cincinnati, Ohio, with financial backing from Peter Thiel, Eric Schmidt, and Marc Andreessen. In 2020, he raised $93 million for the firm. With Thiel and former Trump adviser Darren Blanton, Vance has invested in Canadian online video platform Rumble, which is a right-wing alternative to YouTube.
2022 Ohio U.S. Senate campaign
In early 2018, Vance was reported to have been considering a bid for U.S. Senate as a Republican running against Democrat Sherrod Brown, but declined to run. In April 2021, Vance expressed interest in running for the Ohio Senate seat being vacated by Republican Rob Portman.
Peter Thiel has given $10 million to Protect Ohio Values, a super PAC, created in February 2021 to support Vance in running for the 2022 U.S. Senate election in Ohio. Robert Mercer also gave an undisclosed amount. In May 2021, Vance launched an exploratory committee. In July 2021, he officially entered the race.
Vance has been called a populist conservative candidate because he is backed by venture capitalist Peter Thiel and endorsed by Tucker Carlson. Vance is influenced by fellow Senate candidate Blake Masters, conservative writer Rod Dreher, and by neoreactionary blogger Curtis Yarvin. In July 2021, Vance said that the culture war is a class war against middle class and working class Americans, and he also said that it’s an economic war against conservatives.
Vance opposes abortion and said a leaked U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade “would be an amazing victory” if true. When asked whether abortion laws should include exceptions for rape and incest, he stated “two wrong don’t make a right.” Ohio’s largest anti-abortion group, Ohio Right to Life, endorsed Vance’s U.S. Senate campaign.
Views on childlessness, divorce, and domestic abuse
In a 2021 speech to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Vance blamed “the childless left” for America’s woes. He praised far-right Hungarian president Viktor Orban for encouraging married couples to have children, and said non-parents should not have as much of a voice as parents, and that parents should “have a bigger say in how democracy functions.”
In September 2021, while speaking at Pacifica Christian High School in California, Vance said, “This is one of the great tricks that I think the sexual revolution pulled on the American populace, which is the idea that like, ‘well, OK, these marriages were fundamentally, you know, they were maybe even violent, but certainly they were unhappy. And so getting rid of them and making it easier for people to shift spouses like they change their underwear, that’s going to make people happier in the long term.'” Vice wrote that Vance “seemed to suggest that in some cases, ‘even violent’ marriages should continue.” In a response to Vice, Vance claimed that rates of domestic violence had “skyrocketed” in recent years due to what Vance described as “modern society’s war on families”. In recent decades, rates of domestic violence have decreased. A strategist for Vance called Vice’s characterization misleading and said Vance does not support individuals staying in abusive relationships.
Relationship with Donald Trump
During the 2016 election, Vance was an outspoken critic of Republican Party nominee Donald Trump. In a USA Today column in February 2016, Vance wrote “Trump’s actual policy proposals, such as they are, range from immoral to absurd.” In a July 2016 column for The Atlantic, Vance alluded to Karl Marx by calling Trump and his campaign promises the “opioid of the masses.” In October 2016, he described Trump as “reprehensible” in a post on Twitter and described himself as a “never-Trump guy.” In 2016, he privately told his Yale Law School roommate: “I go back and forth between thinking Trump is a cynical asshole like Nixon who wouldn’t be that bad (and might even prove useful) or that he’s America’s Hitler.”. He also stated his intentions to vote for independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin.
Vance changed his rhetoric after announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate in July 2021. He deleted posts from his Twitter account that were critical of Trump and apologized for calling Trump “reprehensible.” Reversing his earlier statements on Trump, Vance said that he now thought Trump was a good president and expressed regret about his statements during the 2016 election. Vance had visited Mar-a-Lago to meet with Trump and Peter Thiel ahead of an official announcement.
Whereas Vance had once admonished Trump for demonizing immigrants, Vance himself has repeatedly called illegal immigration “dirty”. In October 2021, Vance reiterated Trump’s claims of election fraud, falsely stating that Trump lost the 2020 presidential election because of widespread voter fraud.
In 2021, Vance told podcaster Jack Murphy, who heads a men’s group called Liminal Order, that he believed conservatives “should seize the institutions of the left. And turn them against the left. We need like a de-Baathification program, a de-woke-ification program.” If Trump were to win re-election in 2024, Vance told Murphy, Trump should “Fire every single midlevel bureaucrat, every civil servant in the administrative state, replace them with our people.”
In April 2022, Vance was endorsed by Trump for U.S. Senate in Ohio. That same month, Vance’s former law school roommate, Josh McLaurin, showed messages from 2016 that Vance had sent him saying that Trump could possibly become either another “cynical asshole” like Richard Nixon or “America’s Hitler” during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Vance has been married to a former law school classmate, Usha Chilukuri Vance, since 2014, and they have three children. For much of his professional career, Vance and his family have lived in San Francisco, where they were active in community gardening.
Vance was raised in a “conservative, evangelical” branch of Protestantism, but by September 2016, he was “thinking very seriously about converting to Catholicism“. Vance added, however, that he was “not an active participant” in any particular religious denomination. In August 2019, Vance was baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church in a ceremony at St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, Ohio. He chose Augustine of Hippo for his confirmation name. In a subsequent interview with Rod Dreher, Vance said he converted because he “became persuaded over time that Catholicism was true”, and described the influence of Roman Catholic theology upon his political views.
Also in 2019, the first issue of The Lamp, which has since been described as “a Catholic version of The New Yorker“, included an essay by Vance describing the reasons for his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church.
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I took a job at the Ohio Statehouse, working for a remarkably kind senator from the Cincinnati area named Bob Schuler. He was a good man, and I liked his politics, so when constituents called and complained, I tried to explain his positions.
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Vance said that the culture war is a class war against middle and working class Americans, and also claimed that it’s an economic war against conservatives.
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he has turned into a hard-edged conspiracist who claimed President Biden was flooding Ohio with illegal drugs
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The screenshot below is @JDVance1’s unfiltered explanation from 2016 of the breakdown in Republican politics that he now personally is trying to exploit. The “America’s Hitler” bit is at the end. The public deserves to know the magnitude of this guy’s bad faith.
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