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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]


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. See full 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 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%) 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

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.
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.
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

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