John Edwards

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John Edwards
John Edwards, official Senate photo portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
Preceded byLauch Faircloth
Succeeded byRichard Burr
Personal details
Johnny Reid Edwards

(1953-06-10) June 10, 1953 (age 67)
Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Elizabeth Anania
(m. 1977; died 2010)
Domestic partnerRielle Hunter (2006–2015)
Children5, including Cate
EducationClemson University
North Carolina State University (BA)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (JD)

Johnny Reid "John" Edwards[1] (born June 10, 1953) is an American politician. He served one term as U.S. Senator from North Carolina.

Lawyer[change | change source]

Before his time in the Senate, he was a lawyer. He argued and won several big cases about doctors who gave bad care and caused harm to patients.[2] He also won lawsuits for people who had been injured by negligence of businesses or by using their products.[2]

His best known case was for a Cary, North Carolina three year old girl. She was badly injured by being sucked into an open drain in a swimming pool playpool for toddlers.[3] Her family won enough money from the drain company to pay for her medical care for the rest of her life.[2]

Political career[change | change source]

Edwards served for one term in the United States Senate from 1999 to 2005, serving his state of North Carolina. He decided not to run for re-election as he was running for president, and later vice-president, in the 2004 election cycle. He ran for President of the United States twice, in 2004 and 2008, but was defeated by John Kerry and Barack Obama in the Primaries. He was later chosen to be the Democratic candidate for Vice-President in 2004 on the Kerry ticket, but he was defeated by incumbent Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2008, he admitted to having an affair while his wife, Elizabeth was dying. He has written several books.

References[change | change source]

  1. Sheryl Gay Stolberg (2007-07-07). "THE 2004 ELECTION; A First-Term Senator's Swift Political Ascent — John Reid Edwards". The New York Times. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Defense Rests in Pool Drain Lawsuit". WRAL news website (Raleigh, NC). 17 December 1996. Retrieved 9 August 2014.

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