India-connect candidate J.D. Vance wins key US primary

JD Vance, a former US President Donald Trump-backed candidate, and who has an Indian connection, won the Republican Ohio primary elections for US Senate.

Indian origin, Usha Chilukuri Vance, is the wife of JD Vance. Currently, Chilukuri is a litigator in the San Francisco and Washington DC offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson, a law firm. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and appeals in a wide variety of sectors, including higher education, local government, entertainment, and technology.

JD Vance emerged victorious in the Ohio GOP (Republican National Committee) Senate Primary and is set to face Democrat Tim Ryan, who won Ohio's open Senate seat nominations.

She received her BA degree in history from Yale University in 2007 and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in 2009, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. While at Yale, she participated in the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

She then returned to Yale to receive her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was executive development editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology.

She was admitted to the DC Bar in May 2019, according to the organization's public records show.

She held several speaking engagements as well including being a panellist at U.S. Supreme Court Update, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association's 46th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, 2021.


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