Rep. Thomas “Chet” Edwards

Former Representative from Texas’s 17th District, Democrat

Edwards, a Democrat, was the representative for Texas's 17th congressional district from 2005 to 2010.

He was previously the representative for Texas's 11th congressional district (1991-2004).



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

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2010. 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)

Enacted Legislation

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

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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 (13%) Health (10%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Taxation (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Edwards’s Vote Vote Description
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
No H.R. 5297 (111th): Small Business Jobs Act of 2010
Jun 17, 2010. Passed 241/182.
Nay H.Res. 317 (111th): Recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, and ...
Sep 15, 2009. Passed 312/108.
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Aye H.Res. 801 (110th): Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3688) to implement the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Nov 7, 2007. Passed 349/55.
Nay H.R. 2776 (110th): Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007
Aug 4, 2007. Passed 221/189.
No H.R. 3221 (110th): Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
Aug 4, 2007. Passed 241/172.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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.

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Primary Sources

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