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Rep. Donna Edwards

Former Representative for Maryland’s 4th District

Edwards was the representative for Maryland’s 4th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 2008 to 2016.

Photo of Rep. Donna Edwards [D-MD4, 2008-2016]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Edwards.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 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 from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Edwards recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Edwards voted No

Edwards voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of …

Edwards voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December …

Edwards voted Aye

Edwards voted Nay

Edwards voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack …

Missed Votes

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. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: