Edwards is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2004 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 from Jan 6, 1999 to Dec 8, 2004. See full analysis methodology.
Edwards was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:
- S. 2153 (108th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 223 South Main Street in Roxboro, North Carolina, as the “Oscar Scott Woody ...
- S. 754 (106th): Terry Sanford Commemoration Act of 1999
Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Edwards sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (18%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) Commerce (12%) Law (12%) Science, Technology, Communications (11%) Health (10%) Social Welfare (9%)
Some of Edwards’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 3017 (108th): Swain County Settlement Act of 2004
- S. 2445 (108th): Direct to Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising Act of 2004
- S. 2325 (108th): Telehealth Improvement Act of 2004
- S. 2303 (108th): Better Future for American Families Act
- S.J.Res. 31 (108th): A joint resolution to provide for Congressional disapproval of certain regulations issued ...
- S.J.Res. 32 (108th): A joint resolution to provide for Congressional disapproval of certain regulations issued ...
- S.Res. 307 (108th): A resolution honoring the county of Cumberland, North Carolina, its municipalities and ...
From Jan 1999 to Dec 2004, Edwards missed 311 of 1,980 roll call votes, which is 15.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2004. 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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