|United States Senator|
from North Carolina
January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Lauch Faircloth|
|Succeeded by||Richard Burr|
Johnny Reid Edwards
June 10, 1953
Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.
(m. 1977; died 2010)
|Domestic partner||Rielle Hunter (2006–2015)|
|Children||5, including Cate|
North Carolina State University (BA)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (JD)
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. He also won lawsuits for people who had been injured by negligence of businesses or by using their products.
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. Her family won enough money from the drain company to pay for her medical care for the rest of her life.
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.
In 2008, he admitted to having an affair while his wife, Elizabeth was dying. He has written several books.
- 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:
- "Major Cases Litigated by John Edwards:". FindLaw: Profile. 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- "Defense Rests in Pool Drain Lawsuit". WRAL news website (Raleigh, NC). 17 December 1996. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
- John Edwards for President official campaign website