This week, Slate begins a series of short features explaining who the 2004 presidential candidates are, what they've said and done, and where they propose to take the country. The first installment summarizes each candidate's personal and professional background. Today's subject is John Edwards.
Johnny Reid Edwards
Web site: www.johnedwards2004.com.
Age: 49 (born June 10, 1953).
Highest grade completed: Law school (1977).
Political experience: U.S. senator, North Carolina (1999-present).
Previous jobs: Lawyer in private practice (1978-1998).
Spouse: Elizabeth Edwards.
Children: College-aged daughter, toddler daughter, toddler son. Fourth child, a boy, died in a 1996 car accident at age 16.