Politician. Born June 10, 1953 in Seneca, South Carolina. The son of a mill worker and shop owner, John Edwards was raised in the small town of Robbins, North Carolina. He graduated with honors from North Carolina State University in 1974 and earned his law degree in 1977 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Edwards made his career as a trial lawyer, mostly representing families and children against large corporations and the insurance industry. In 1998, he brought this spirit of advocacy to the political arena, running for and winning a seat in the United States Senate. In Congress, Edwards championed familiar causes: quality health care, better schools, protecting civil liberties and saving Social Security and Medicare. As a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Edwards also worked to strengthen national defense and homeland security. In July 2004, Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry chose Edwards to be his running mate. Later that month, Kerry and Edwards were joined by speakers Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Madeline Albright and others at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. In November 2004, after a hard-fought and often bitter campaign, Kerry conceded the presidential election to incumbent George W. Bush. In December 2006, Edwards announced his entry into the 2008 Presidential election. In March 2007, Edwards stated he will continue the campaign despite the reappearance of his wife's cancer. After several disappointing finishes in the primaries and caucuses, Edwards suspended his campaign on Jan. 30, 2008. He endorsed Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois on May 14 during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, met as law students at Chapel Hill. They married in 1977 and have had four children, including Catharine, a student at Princeton University; five-year-old Emma Claire and three-year-old Jack. Their first child, Wade, died in 1996. On August 8, 2008, Edwards admitted to repeatedly lying during his presidential campaign about having an extramarital affair with a former staffer. In an interview with ABC's Nightline, Edwards admitted he had a sexual affair with Rielle, Hunter, 44. It was also revealed that Edwards fathered a daughter with Hunter.