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James Carter IV

James Carter IV
Born James Earl Carter IV
(1977-02-25) February 25, 1977 (age 39)
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Alma mater Georgia State University
Political party
Spouse(s) Alison Lee Hartley
Parent(s) James Earl Carter III
Caron Griffith

James Earl Carter IV (born February 25, 1977) is an American political researcher and policy analyst. The grandson of former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, he entered the public eye during the 2012 presidential election, when he discovered video of Mitt Romney's 47% comment.[1]


Carter was born at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on February 25, 1977 to James Earl "Chip" Carter III and his first wife, Caron Griffith.[2] He lived with his parents in the White House until November 1978, when they split up and his mother brought him to live with her in Georgia.[3]

Carter attended Centre College and Georgia Southern University, and finally Georgia State University, where he graduated with a degree in public budgeting and finance.[4] For a time, he worked as a budget analyst for his cousin, Georgia state senator Jason Carter.[5]

In 2012, Carter received media attention after it became known that he discovered a clip of presidential candidate Mitt Romney's 47% comment on YouTube and convinced its uploader Scott Prouty to release the full video to progressive magazine Mother Jones.[6] Credited by many as having played a major role in Barack Obama's reelection, he even received a personal thank-you from the president himself.[7][8]

Personal life

Carter married the former Alison (Sally) Hartley in 2008. They live together in Atlanta. They have no children.