‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance announces U.S. Senate bid in Ohio

Author and venture capitalist J.D. Vance kicked off his bid for U.S. Senate Thursday, joining a crowded GOP field after months of hinting at a run for office.

Vance made the long-awaited announcement at Middletown Tube Works in his hometown north of Cincinnati, using the setting to talk about his connections to the area and how it shaped him. He said people who don’t believe the country works for them are too often put down and pledged to bring a new kind of politics to the Senate.

“You have leaders of this country, in government and in business, who don’t think they owe anything to the country that made them who they are,” he said.

Vance joins a slew of other Republicans clamoring for the chance to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman, including former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken, former state treasurer Josh Mandel, car dealer Bernie Moreno and investment banker Mike Gibbons. Running so far on the Democratic side is U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan. 

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