James Carville's winning streak began in 1986, when he managed the gubernatorial victory of Robert Casey in Pennsylvania. A loser in three previous attempts (dubbed the Three-Time-Loss from Holy Cross by the media), Casey -- with Carville's guidance -- was able to defeat popular Lieutenant Governor William Scranton, Jr. in a remarkable come-from-behind win. In 1987, Carville helped Wallace Wilkinson -- a candidate with less than 1 percent of the vote in early polls -- win a hard-fought gubernatorial campaign in Kentucky.
The following year brought Carville to New Jersey, where he guided Frank Lautenberg's campaign for U.S. Senate to victory, defeating Rhodes Scholar and Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins. Carville next managed the successful 1990 gubernatorial campaign of Georgia's Lt. Governor, Zell Miller, including a tough primary win over Atlanta mayor Andrew Young.
In 1991, Carville -- who had already become prominent in political circles -- drew national attention when he managed Senator Harris Wofford from 40 points behind in the polls to an upset landslide over former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. With the startling and unpredictable win, Carville had exposed the political vulnerability of George Bush, who had been enjoying a 91 percent approval ratings during the Gulf War.
Having wounded the sitting President in 1991, Carville finished the job the following year, when he guided William Jefferson Clinton to the Presidency in 1992. 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 "War Room" at campaign headquarters in Little Rock. Carville was also the focus, along with George Stephanopoulos, of the feature-length Academy Award nominated documentary The War Room.
After the Clinton victory, Carville began to focus on foreign consulting. In 1999, Carville led Ehud Barak to Victory in his campaign to become Prime Minister of Israel. James Carville is also an author, speaker, restaurateur, and talk show host. He can be seen in television commercials and movies.