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Rep. Edward Beard

Former Representative for Rhode Island’s 2nd District

Beard, a Democrat, was the representative for Rhode Island’s 2nd congressional district from 1975 to 1980.


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Beard is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1980 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 Beard sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Beard was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Beard sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (15%) Social Welfare (15%) Labor and Employment (14%) Health (10%) Energy (10%) Economics and Public Finance (9%) Private Legislation (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Beard’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1975 to Dec 1980, Beard missed 373 of 4,089 roll call votes, which is 9.1%. This is on par with the median of 8.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1980. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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