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Jack Carter (politician)

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Jack Carter
Personal details
John William Carter

(1947-07-03) July 3, 1947 (age 74)
Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
  • Jason
  • Sarah
  • Jimmy Carter (father)
  • Rosalynn Carter (mother)
RelativesAmy Carter (sister)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Navy
Battles/warsVietnam War

John William Carter (born July 3, 1947) is an American businessman and politician who unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in Nevada in 2006: losing to John Ensign in the general election.[1] Carter is the eldest child of former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Carter was born at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia. Raised in Plains, Georgia, he spent winters working at his father's peanut farm warehouse, where his wages began at 10 cents per hour. Carter struggled when he first entered college in 1965, attending Georgia Tech, Emory University, and Georgia Southwestern State University before enlisting in the United States Navy in April 1968 at the suggestion of his father. Carter served during the Vietnam War, on the salvage ship USS Grapple (ARS-7). He received a "less than honorable" general discharge in late 1970 after he and 53 classmates were caught smoking marijuana at the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho.[3] Carter returned to Georgia Tech, earning a degree in nuclear physics. Following graduation, he immediately entered law school at the University of Georgia, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1975.


In 1981, Carter moved to Chicago, where he worked for the Chicago Board of Trade and Citibank.

2006 senatorial campaign[edit]

Carter moved to Nevada in 2002 and ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the United States Senate as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Senator John Ensign of Nevada in the 2006 election. Carter won the Democratic nomination on August 15, 2006 against opponent Ruby Jee Tun, a teacher from Carson City.[4][5]

Carter's primary issues were his opposition to the Iraq War and his concerns about the healthcare system, especially what he characterized as its failure to meet its commitment to veterans.

Carter, who said he and his wife have lived in Las Vegas since 2002, acknowledged that his recent arrival might be his greatest hurdle in the race.[citation needed]

Carter lost the 2006 Nevada election to John Ensign by a 55% to 41% margin.

Carter was hospitalized for almost two weeks with colitis at the beginning of September 2006, falling ill following a trip to Atlanta for the birth of his first grandchild. He spent two days in intensive care, but had recovered by the beginning of October.

Personal life[edit]

His first marriage was to Juliet "Judy" Langford Carter. They have two children, Jason and Sarah. Jason has written a book, Power Lines, about his experiences doing humanitarian work in South Africa, and was elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. Sarah Carter, a PhD candidate in neuroscience, worked for his campaign and blogs for the Daily Kos.

After his divorce, Carter married Elizabeth Brasfield on May 15, 1992, and they lived in Bermuda, where they started an investment company, and then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2003, where he formed the investment consultant firm Carter Global. Stepson John Chuldenko (from his current wife's first marriage) is a film director and has directed television ads for the campaign. Stepdaughter Sarah Reynolds (née Chuldenko) is a book illustrator (for Jimmy Carter's poetry volume) and painter who has worked with Jeff Koons,[6] and is married to Australian artist Stephen Reynolds.


  1. "Nevada Sen. John Ensign admits affair". CNN Politics. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  2. Friess, Steve (23 October 2005). "A presidential son explores venture into national politics". Boston Globe. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  3. "The Telegraph – Google News Archive Search".
  4. Erin Neff (October 5, 2006). "Son of former president to challenge Ensign in 2006". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on December 13, 2005.
  5. "Jimmy Carter's Son Wins Primary". NBC News. Associated Press. 16 August 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. "Jimmy Carter Library". jimmycarterlibrary.org.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Edward Bernstein
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada
(Class 1)

Succeeded by
Shelley Berkley

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