Meet JD Vance’s Indian American Wife Usha Chilukuri
India West News Desk
COLUMBUS, OH – JD Vance, the Donald Trump-backed candidate who won the Republican OH primary elections for US Senate on May 3, has an Indian connect.
His wife is Usha Chilukuri. Currently 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.
The couple met while they were both law students at Yale University and have been married since 2014 making their home with three children in Cincinnati.
Their first son, Ewan Blaine, was born in 2017. Chilukuri and Vance welcomed their third child in December 2021. Vance shared on social media, “We were blessed with an early Christmas present this year. Everyone, please meet Mirabel Rose Vance, our first girl. Mama and baby both doing great, and we’re feeling very grateful this Christmas season.”
Chilukuri is from San Diego, CA where she attended Mt. Carmel High School. 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. Before entering law school, she taught American history as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.
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. According to the Supreme Court Of Ohio Attorney Directory, she has been licensed in OH since May 2019.
Chilukuri has clerked for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court 2017 to 2018. She also clerked in 2014-2015 for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
She also clerked in 2013-2014 for Judge Amul Thapar, then of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Chilukuri has served on the board of the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association and as secretary of the board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
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.
JD Vance is set to face Democrat Tim Ryan. Vance was best known for his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” with the movie version on Netflix making him a star. At the time his hard scrabble life was held up as something to aspire to. He was also openly critical of Trump. Now, his politics have shifted, probably in keeping with political needs where he has the full endorsement of the former President and his policies.