Edwards was the representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1977 to 1992.
Edwards is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1992 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 6, 1987 to Oct 9, 1992. See full analysis methodology.
Edwards was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2109 (100th): A bill for the relief of Rosa Pratts.
- H.R. 3111 (98th): A bill to declare that the United States holds certain lands in trust for the Kaw Tribe of Oklahoma.
- H.R. 5826 (97th): A bill to provide for the reinstatement and validation of United States oil and gas lease numbered W-24153.
Does 3 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:
Taxation (41%) Economics and Public Finance (12%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Environmental Protection (9%) International Affairs (9%) Families (6%) Housing and Community Development (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%)
Some of Edwards’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.J.Res. 537 (102nd): Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to limit ...
- H.R. 5804 (102nd): To limit the number of years that a person may serve consecutively ...
- H.R. 5571 (102nd): American Job Creation, Deregulation, and Tax Reduction Act of 1992
- H.R. 5474 (102nd): Fair Trade Act of 1992
- H.R. 5450 (102nd): To repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- H.Res. 397 (102nd): Instructing the Speaker to: within 20 days, fully reconstruct the 39 month ...
- H.Con.Res. 288 (102nd): Placing numerical and funding limitations on certain employee positions in the House ...
From Jan 1977 to Oct 1992, Edwards missed 831 of 8,199 roll call votes, which is 10.1%. This is much worse than the median of 4.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1992. 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills