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Rep. Thomas “Chet” Edwards

Former Representative for Texas’s 17th District

Edwards was the representative for Texas’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 2005 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Texas’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1991 to 2004.

Photo of Rep. Thomas “Chet” Edwards [D-TX17, 2005-2010]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Edwards is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010 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 4, 2005 to Dec 21, 2010. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Edwards was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Edwards sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (30%) Economics and Public Finance (15%) Government Operations and Politics (12%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Health (10%) Education (8%) Families (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Edwards voted Nay

Passed 237/187 on Sep 23, 2010.

Edwards voted No

Passed 241/182 on Jun 17, 2010.

Edwards voted No

Edwards voted Yea

Passed 240/179 on Jun 3, 2009.

Edwards voted Nay

Edwards voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 1991 to Dec 2010, Edwards missed 395 of 12,757 roll call votes, which is 3.1%. This is on par with the median of 3.1% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2010. 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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Primary Sources

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