Edgar was the representative for Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1975 to 1986.
Edgar is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1986 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 Edgar sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 1981 to Oct 18, 1986. See full analysis methodology.
Edgar was the primary sponsor of 11 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 505 (99th): Veterans’ Administration Health-Care Amendments of 1985
- H.R. 4294 (98th): A bill to name the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the “James E. Van Zandt Veterans’ Administration Medical Center”, and to name the Veterans’ Administration ...
- H.R. 2920 (98th): Veterans Health Care Amendments of 1983
- H.R. 8346 (95th): A bill to amend the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964 to revise the program of Federal operating assistance provided under section 17 of such act.
- H.R. 2817 (95th): A bill to provide for certain additions to the Tinicum National Environmental Center.
- H.R. 4126 (95th): A bill to provide for certain additions to the Tinicum National Environmental Center.
- H.R. 3503 (95th): A bill to provide for certain additions to the Tinicum National Environmental Center.
Does 11 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).
Edgar sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Edgar’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5657 (99th): A bill to designate the Veterans’ Administration Medical Center located in Pittsburgh, ...
- H.R. 4623 (99th): Veterans’ Health-Care Amendments of 1986
- H.R. 3954 (99th): Economic Development National Mortgage Association Act
- H.R. 3726 (99th): Expedited Funds Availability Act
- H.R. 3596 (99th): School Facilities Child Care Act
- H.R. 3461 (99th): Biennial Budgeting Act of 1985
- H.R. 3462 (99th): A bill to require that the President transmit to the Congress, and ...
From Jan 1975 to Oct 1986, Edgar missed 621 of 6,697 roll call votes, which is 9.3%. This is worse than the median of 6.2% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1986. 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
- 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
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills