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Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
United States Senator from Georgia
In office:
January 3, 1981 - January 3, 1993
Preceded by: Herman E. Talmadge
Succeded by: Zell Miller
76th Governor of Georgia
In office:
January 12, 1971 – January 14, 1975
Preceded by: Lester Maddox
Succeded by: George Busbee
Member of Georgia State Senate from 14th District
In office:
January 14, 1963 – 1966
Preceded by: New district
Succeded by: Hugh Carter
Born: October 1, 1924 (age 84))
Plains, Georgia
Birth name: James Earl Carter, Jr.
Nationality: American
Political party: Democratic
Spouse: Rosalynn Smith Carter
Children:John William Carter
James Earl Carter III
Donnel Jeffrey Carter
Amy Lynn Carter
Alma mater: Georgia Southwestern College
Union College
United States Naval Academy
Occupation: Politician, Farmer (peanuts), naval officer
Religion: Baptist
Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: United States Navy
Years of service: 1946-1953
Unit: 10th Mountain Division
Rank: Lieutenant

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Georgia (1981–1993), and was the 1976 Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States. Before he became a senator, Carter served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia (1971–1975), and was a peanut farmer and naval officer.

Carter took on a variety of initiatives as Governor that made him popular across the state, before announcing his candidacy for president. Emerging as a "dark horse", Carter gained rapid stardom by winning a number of primaries and taking the Democratic Nomination. Despite holding overwhelming initial leads over his Republican opponent, Carter and his running mate were eventually defeated by California Governor Ronald Reagan.

In the aftermath of his loss, Carter returned to politics, winning a senate seat in 1980 and being reelected in 1986. Throughout the remainder of his career he became a champion of education and energy policy reform, co-authoring the National Fuel and Restoration Act of 1983, as well as the Top-Start Educational Advancement Act of 1989.

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