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Rep. William Jackson “Jack” Edwards

Former Representative for Alabama’s 1st District

Edwards was the representative for Alabama’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 1965 to 1984.

Photo of Rep. William Jackson “Jack” Edwards [R-AL1, 1965-1984]

Enacted Legislation

Edwards was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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Does 5 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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Edwards sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Taxation (21%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (13%) Private Legislation (13%) Environmental Protection (11%) Transportation and Public Works (8%) Labor and Employment (8%) Economics and Public Finance (8%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Edwards recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1965 to Oct 1984, Edwards missed 841 of 8,847 roll call votes, which is 9.5%. This is worse than the median of 7.0% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Oct 1984. 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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Primary Sources

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