John Edwards

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(politician, lawyer)
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BornJohnny Reid Edwards
Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.
Alma materClemson University, University of North Carolina
SpouseElizabeth Anania
Democratic nominee for vice president in November 2004. Attended the June 2004 Bilderberg.

Employment.png United States Senator from North Carolina

In office
January 3, 1999 - January 3, 2005
Succeeded byRichard Burr

Johnny Reid Edwards[1] is an American lawyer and former politician who was a U.S. senator from North Carolina.

He was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004 alongside John Kerry. He went to the 2004 Bilderberg meeting in June that year.

They lost to incumbents George W. Bush and Dick Cheney in November 2004.

He also was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.

Edwards defeated incumbent Republican Lauch Faircloth in North Carolina's 1998 Senate election. Toward the end of his six-year term, he opted to retire from the Senate and focus on a Democratic campaign in the 2004 presidential election. He eventually became the 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president, the running mate of presidential nominee Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Following Kerry's loss to incumbent President George W. Bush, Edwards began working full-time at the One America Committee, a political action committee he established in 2001, and was appointed director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. He was also a consultant for Fortress Investment Group LLC.

Following his 2008 campaign, Edwards was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 3, 2011, on six felony charges of violating multiple federal campaign contribution laws to cover up an extramarital affair to which he eventually admitted. He was found not guilty on one count, and the judge declared a mistrial on the remaining five charges, as the jury was unable to come to an agreement.[2] The Justice Department dropped the remaining charges and did not attempt to retry Edwards.[3] He was not convicted of a crime, but the revelation that he engaged in an extramarital affair and fathered a child while his wife, Elizabeth, was dying of cancer gravely damaged his public image and ended his career in politics.

Edwards was co-chair of a Council on Foreign Relations task force on United States-Russia relations alongside Republican Jack Kemp, a former congressman, Cabinet official and vice presidential nominee.[4] On July 12, the International Herald Tribune published a related op-ed by Edwards and Kemp.[5]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/20043 June 20046 June 2004Italy
The 52nd such meeting. 126 recorded guests