James Carville

 

James Carville, was born on October 25, 1944.  He is a liberal American political consultant, commentator and media personality. He has been known as the ” Ragin’ Cajun ” or “Corporal Cue Ball “, Carville gained national attention for his work as the lead strategist of the successful 1992 presidential campaign of then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton .

The oldest of eight children, was born on October 25, 1944, in Carville, Louisiana, the son of Lucille Normand, a former school teacher who sold World Book Encyclopedia door-to-door, and Chester James Carville, a postmaster as well as owner of a general store.  The town of Carville was named after his paternal grandfather, Louis Arthur Carville, the postmaster.

Carville spent two years serving in the Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Corporal, and later worked as a high school teacher.  Before entering politics, Carville worked as a litigator at a Baton Rouge law firm from 1973 to 1979.

In 1992, Carville helped lead Bill Clinton to a win against George H. W. Bush in the presidential election. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign District Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants. His role in the Clinton campaign was documented in the feature-length Academy Award-nominated film The War Room.

He received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Louisiana State University (LSU). Carville is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.

Carville is married to Republican-turned-Libertarian political consultant Mary Matalin, who worked for George H. W. Bush on his 1992 presidential reelection campaign. Carville and Matalin were married in New Orleans in October 1993.

Carville was the executive producer of the 2006 film All the King’s Men, starring Sean Penn and Anthony Hopkins, which is loosely based on the life of Louisiana Governor Huey Long.

In 2008, Carville and Matalin relocated their family from Virginia to New Orleans.

Carville has been working with the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) since 2016, to support the organization and its mission to ensure that veterans with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) have access to all they need to thrive after injury, including quality health care, VA benefits, employment, and adaptive sporting opportunities.

Carville joined the faculty of Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in January 2017.

You can visit his website at: http://www.carville.info

Carville has written a number of books that can be found on Amazon.

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