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)

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%) Finance and Financial Sector (10%) Health (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Taxation (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

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. ProPublica has tracked 3 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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