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John "Jack" Carter
Born July 3, 1947 (1947-07-03) (age 62)
Portsmouth, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Brasfield Carter
Children (by Juliet Langford) Jason, Sarah; stepchildren= John, Sarah

John William "Jack" Carter, (born July 3, 1947), is an American businessman and politician who unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in Nevada in 2006. Carter is the eldest child of former President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter.


Carter was born at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Raised in Plains, Georgia, he spent summers 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, bouncing around between Georgia Tech, Emory, and Georgia Southwestern State University before enlisting in the United States Navy in April 1968 at the suggestion of his father. Carter served in the Vietnam War, on the salvage ship USS Grapple (ARS-7). After an honorable discharge, Carter returned to Georgia Tech, earning a degree in nuclear physics. Following graduation, he immediately entered law school at the University of Georgia, graduating in 1975.

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

His first marriage was with Juliet "Judy" Langford Carter. They have two grown children, Jason and Sarah. Jason has written a book, Power Lines, about his experiences doing humanitarian work in South Africa. Sarah Carter, a Ph.D. candidate in neuroscience, worked for his campaign and blogs on DailyKos. After his divorce Carter married Elizabeth Brasfield on May 15, 1992, and they lived in Bermuda, where they started an investment company, before moving 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[1] and is married to Australian artist Stephen Reynolds.

2006 Senatorial campaign

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 Carson City teacher. [2] (see: Nevada U.S. Senate election, 2006)

Carter's primary issues were his opposition to the continuing occupation of Iraq and his concerns about the health care 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." [3]

Carter lost the 2006 Nevada election to John Ensign by a 55%-41% margin. [4]

Carter was hospitalized for almost two weeks with colitis at the beginning of September 2009, 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.

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