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Rep. William “Don” Edwards

Former Representative from California’s 16th District, Democrat

Edwards, a Democrat, was the representative for California's 16th congressional district from 1993 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for California's 10th congressional district (1975-1992); and the representative for California's 9th congressional district (1963-1974).

Analysis

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 1994. 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 24 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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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 about one third or more 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:

Crime and Law Enforcement (24%) Civil Rights and Liberties, Minority Issues (23%) Government Operations and Politics (23%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Law (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (7%) Social Welfare (4%) Finance and Financial Sector (3%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1963 to Nov 1994, Edwards missed 864 of 13,867 roll call votes, which is 6.2%. This is worse than the median of 3.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Nov 1994. 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: