Edwards, a Democrat, was the representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2016.
Read our 2016 Report Card for Edwards.
Edwards is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Edwards sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Edwards sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (23%) Government Operations and Politics (16%) Labor and Employment (13%) Education (13%) Environmental Protection (10%) Transportation and Public Works (10%) Health (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)
Some of Edwards’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 2850 (114th): Stop Overdose Stat Act of 2015
- H.R. 2521 (114th): REAL Act of 2015
- H.R. 2371 (114th): Broadening Opportunities Through Education Act
- H.R. 1852 (114th): 21st Century Investment Act of 2015
- H.R. 1775 (114th): Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2015
- H.R. 1692 (114th): Safety, Efficiency, and Accountability in Transportation Projects Through Public Inspection Act of ...
- H.R. 1492 (114th): Child CARE Act
|Edwards’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed 312/119.
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
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H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 10 (113th): Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act
May 9, 2014. Passed 360/45.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
S. 365 (112th): Budget Control Act of 2011
Aug 1, 2011. Passed 269/161.
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H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
From Jun 2008 to Dec 2016, Edwards missed 123 of 6,054 roll call votes, which is 2.0%. This is on par with the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. ProPublica has tracked 47 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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