Sen. J.D. Vance: Blake Masters ‘Is the Conservative We Need in the House’

U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) has endorsed Blake Masters for the open seat in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

“Blake is the conservative fighter we need in the House to combat the extreme liberal policies of Joe Biden and to put the GOP establishment in its place,” said Vance. “He will fight for Arizona’s 8th district and be the ally I need in the House to secure our border, defend our families, bring our jobs home, and restore America to greatness.”

Vance, 38, was first elected to serve Ohio in the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 2022 General Election. He defeated U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), winning 53% to Ryan’s 47%.

Vance served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007, graduated from Ohio State University, and received a J.D. from Yale University Law School.

He also is the author of the the 2016 book, “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” which reached The New York Times Bestseller list in 2016 and 2017.

“J.D. Vance is a terrific Senator fighting for a secure border, good jobs for the American people, and a foreign policy that puts America First,” said Masters of the endorsement. “I can’t wait to team up with him when I’m in the House. Proud to have his trust and endorsement.

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District is currently represented by U.S. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R), who announced earlier this month that she will be retiring at the end of the current term. 

Masters, 37, was called “the future of the Republican Party” by journalist Tucker Carlson.  

Despite being outspent by $66 million and having a Libertarian candidate who received more than two percent of the vote, Masters lost to incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) by less than five points in the 2022 November election.

Masters grew up in Arizona and graduated from Stanford University before receiving his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He then co-founded legal research startup Judicata.

He is co-author of the bestselling business book, “Zero to One: Notes on a Startup” with Peter Thiel, and served as president of the Thiel Foundation. 

Masters married his wife, Catherine, in 2012 and they have three sons.  

The Vance endorsement comes on the same day U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) endorsed Masters.

“Blake Masters is America First through and through,” said Gosar. “He’ll help us implement Trump’s agenda and make our country great again.”

Masters hailed Gosar as a “true antiestablishment conservative” and said he was honored to “have his trust.”

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