Rep. Thomas “Chet” Edwards
Former Representative for Texas’s 17th District
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 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.
Edwards was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3082 (111th): Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011
- H.R. 3721 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1190 Lorena Road in Lorena, Texas, as the “Marine Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry Post …
- H.R. 2642 (110th): Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2008
- H.R. 3720 (110th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 424 Clay Avenue in Waco, Texas, as the “Army PFC Juan Alonso Covarrubias Post Office …
- H.R. 1925 (107th): To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the Waco Mammoth Site Area in Waco, Texas, as a unit of …
- H.R. 5491 (102nd): To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Marlin, Texas, as the “Thomas T. Connally Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.
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).
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%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) Taxation (8%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Edwards recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 6096 (111th): Reduce Our Deficits Act
- H.R. 6027 (111th): Protect Our Children Act of 2010
- H.R. 6028 (111th): To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit treatment of …
- H.R. 5822 (111th): Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2011
- H.Res. 1450 (111th): Congratulating the Texas A&M University Aggies for winning the men’s and women’s …
- H.Con.Res. 286 (111th): Recognizing the 235th birthday of the United States Army.
- H.Res. 1437 (111th): Congratulating the McLennan Community College Highlanders men’s golf team for winning the …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
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, major life events, and running for higher office.
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