A profile of John Edwards.

A profile of John Edwards.

A profile of John Edwards.

Politics and policy.
June 3 2003 10:33 AM

Profile: John Edwards

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.

John Edwards

Johnny Reid Edwards


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.

Previous marriages: None.


Military history: None. Didn't turn 18 until June 1971.

Medical history: None reported.

Parents' jobs: Father worked in a textile mill, eventually becoming a supervisor. Mother operated a small business and later worked in a post office.

Net worth:   $8.7 million-$36.5 million.

Religion: Methodist.

Campaign song: "Small Town" (John Mellencamp).

Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.

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