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John Edwards

John Reid Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Edwards was born in Seneca, South Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Edwards is married to his wife Elizabeth and has four children. In 1996, Edwards lost a son in an automobile accident. The family resides in Raleigh, NC and Washington D.C.

Before his election, Edwards was a successful trial attorney who represented families and children that had been wrongly injured by negligent corporate manufacturers, and municipal entities.

A Democrat, Edwards won election to the U.S. Senate in 1998 by defeating the favored incumbent Republican opponent, Lauch Faircloth.

Edwards' skill as a trial attorney was evident during President Bill Clinton's 1999 Senate impeachment trial. Edwards played a critical role in the Senate proceedings that eventually ended in the President's acquittal.

During the 2000 Presidential campaign, Edwards made Democratic nominee Al Gore's Vice Presidential nominee short list, and in November 2000, People magazine[?] named Edwards as its choice for the "sexiest politician."

Edwards serves on several Senate committees, including the prestigious Intelligence and Judicial committees. In January 2003, Edwards announced his intention to seek the 2004 Democratic Presidential nomination.

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