James Carville, America's most colorful political consultant, has managed more political campaigns than anyone in U.S. history. Carville got his first job in politics canvassing for a car dealer running for the Louisiana State Legislature while still a high school student. After serving two years in the Marine Corps at San Diego's Camp Pendleton, he returned to Louisiana State University, finished his undergraduate degree, and then went on to earn a law degree there.
Never happy as a lawyer, Carville spent much of his free time as a consultant to Democrats running for state and local offices. In 1989, he teamed up full time with Paul Begala, forming the political consulting firm Carville & Begala, specializing in, above all, winning elections for Democrats.
Carville & Begala's biggest win was Bill Clinton's election to the presidency in 1992. In 1993, Carville was honored as Campaign Manager of the Year by the American Association of Political Consultants for his leadership of Clinton's fearsome and intense Little Rock campaign headquarters.
After the Clinton victory, Carville worked as a consultant to top foreign officials in Canada, Great Britain, Greece, Brazil, Honduras and Israel. Along with Stan Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, and Phillip Gould, a consultant to Tony Blair, Carville founded the international consulting firm of Gold Greenberg Carville NOP in 1997.
When not consulting, Carville freelances as an author and speechwriter. With his wife, Mary Matalin, who was the deputy campaign manager of George Bush's 1992 campaign, Carville co-wrote the first of his best selling books, All's Fair : Love, War & Running for President. He has since written #1 best seller We're Right, They're Wrong and And the Horse He Rode In On.