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Rep. William “Don” Edwards

Former Representative for California’s 16th District

Edwards was the representative for California’s 16th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 1994.

He was previously the representative for California’s 10th congressional district as a Democrat from 1975 to 1992; and the representative for California’s 9th congressional district as a Democrat from 1963 to 1974.

Analysis

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 1994 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 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 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:

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: