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THOMAS CHESTER EDWARDS (born November 24, 1951) is an American politician who was a United States
United States
Representative from Texas
, representing a district based in Waco , from 1991 to 2011. Previously, he served in the Texas
Senate from 1983 to 1990. He is a member of the Democratic Party . Edwards was on Barack Obama
Barack Obama
's vice presidential shortlist in 2008.


* 1 Early years, education and career * 2 Texas

* 3 U.S. House of Representatives

* 3.1 Committee assignments

* 4 Political positions

* 4.1 Fiscal policy * 4.2 Social policy

* 5 Political campaigns

* 5.1 2008 * 5.2 2010

* 6 Personal life * 7 References * 8 External links


A Waco resident, Edwards was born in Corpus Christi . He graduated magna cum laude from Texas
A"> He voted for the Iraq Resolution
Iraq Resolution


Edwards opposed the 2001 federal tax cuts and voted against eliminating the marriage penalty and estate tax . He voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Early on, Edwards became known as a leader in the fight against nuclear terrorism. In 2001, he strongly opposed cuts of $100 million to the nuclear non-proliferation budget proposed by the Bush Administration. Serving as a member on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee, Edwards oversaw homeland defense and university research programs to protect Americans from the threat of nuclear terrorism. To ensure that more cargo coming into U.S. seaports was properly inspected, Edwards supported the implementation of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission and, in 2003, helped secure $84 million to install radiological detectors at the busiest foreign ports so nuclear materials could be detected overseas before reaching America. During his 20-year tenure in Congress, including 12 years of seniority on the Appropriations Committee, Edwards developed a reputation of working hard and effectively for his Central Texas constituents. He was committed to protecting jobs and the local economy by making vital federal investments in education, health, transportation, and water programs in his District. Securing federal investments for Fort Hood, the Central Texas
Veterans' Health Care System, and university research programs at Baylor and Texas
A&M Universities was also a primary focus of Congressman Edwards' work in Washington. Edwards is known as a fiscal conservative who believes massive federal deficits and the multi-trillion national debt is harmful to the American economy and is morally wrong to pass on to future generations. The non-partisan Concord Coalition gave him its "Deficit Hawk" Award. His pro-economic, pro-agriculture record also earned him endorsements from both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund (AGFUND). The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave him their "Spirit of Enterprise" Award for several years for his support of business. As a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, Congressman Edwards voted with the NRA 100% on gun rights issues for many years and received the NRA's endorsement.


Edwards traditionally votes against same-sex marriage . He has voted in favor of Constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage, as well as to define marriage one-man-one-woman, and holds a 25% rating from the Human Rights Campaign
Human Rights Campaign
. Edwards voted against ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions and received an 83% rating from the NAACP in 2006. Edwards has received an "A" by the National Rifle Association
National Rifle Association

In 2008, Edwards successfully introduced legislation to earmark $150 million toward a cure for neuroblastoma , a pediatric cancer . In July 2008, the measure was signed into law by U.S. President
U.S. President
George W. Bush . Edwards was inspired in the endeavor by the illness and subsequent death of Erin Channing Buenger (1997-2009) of Bryan , daughter of one of his constituents, Walter L. Buenger , head of the history department at Texas
A in 2002, he beat Farley again, this time with 52 percent of the vote. In 2000, he became President Bush's congressman; the district includes Prairie Chapel Ranch
Prairie Chapel Ranch
just outside Crawford , which was Bush's legal residence during his presidential term.

As part of the 2003 Texas
redistricting , Edwards' district was renumbered as the 17th District and radically altered. The ethnically diverse cities of Temple and Killeen were removed. The Army post of Fort Hood
Fort Hood
was also removed. In their place, his district absorbed College Station , home to Texas
A"> Edwards speaks during the third night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention
2008 Democratic National Convention
in Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

On February 18, 2008, Edwards officially endorsed Barack Obama
Barack Obama
in the Texas
March 4 Democratic primary. In late June 2008, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi
publicly suggested that Edwards would be a great choice as Obama's vice-presidential running mate . Edwards stated that he would accept such an offer from Obama. On August 22, the Associated Press
Associated Press
reported that Edwards was on Obama's short-list as a potential running-mate.


See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Texas, 2008 § District 17

In November 2008, Edwards was reelected by defeating Republican Rob Curnock, a Waco video business owner, with 53 percent of the vote. John McCain
John McCain
carried the 17th with 67 percent of the vote.


See also: United States House of Representatives
United States House of Representatives
elections in Texas, 2010 § District 17*

Edwards was challenged by Republican nominee Bill Flores
Bill Flores
, a retired Bryan oil and gas executive.

Edwards was endorsed by the Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram .

Nate Silver
Nate Silver
in the FiveThirtyEight.com
New York Times
New York Times
blog predicted that there was a 4.7% chance that Edwards would defeat Flores. Real Clear Politics rated this race "Likely Republican".

On November 2, 2010, Flores' margin of victory over Edwards was 62-37 percent. This was the largest margin of defeat for a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 cycle. Edwards' term ended on January 3, 2011.


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Chet Edwards
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