Jimmy Carter's former chief of staff, Hamilton Jordan, has died at the age of 63 after battling cancer for more than 20 years, AP reports. Jordan was at the core of Carter's "Georgia Mafia," and helped propel the Democrat into the White House in 1976. "He was a great strategist," said Carter's former communications chief. "He just couldn't strategize his way out of this."
Carter called Hamilton "my closest political adviser, a trusted confidant and my friend—his judgment, insight, and wisdom were excelled only by his compassion and love of our country." Jordan devoted much of his energies in later years to raising cancer awareness. He and his wife, who survives him, founded a summer camp for kids with cancer in 1982.