Sen. John Edwards

Former Senator from North Carolina, Democrat

Edwards, a Democrat, was a senator from North Carolina from 1999 to 2004.



Our unique analysis of the bills Edwards sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the Senate in 2004. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Edwards is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

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%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

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.

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Primary Sources

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