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Thomas "Chet" Edwards, a Democrat, represented the Seventeenth Congressional District of Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2011 (he represented TX-11 from 1991 to 2005).


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Edwards voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal


Chet Edwards has voted in favor of big oil companies on 55% of important oil-related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.[2] See below for oil money in politics.

National security and foreign policy

Rep. Edwards sponsored the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008, which passed that House on June 15, 2007 by a vote of 409-2. It was separate from the FY2008 Defense Department appropriations bill and made spending decisions for some Defense Department medical and construction expenses, VA construction, administration and medical programs, and spending for a few related national and international agencies.

Main article: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2008


Edwards was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, on November 24, 1951. He received his bachelor's degree in economics from Texas A&M University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Edwards was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1981, serving until 1991 when he became Representative for the 11th district.

Congressional career

Following Texas redistricting in 2004, Edwards was moved from the 11th to the 17th congressional district. He then won a close race in 2004 against Republican Arlene Wohlgemuth, winning by less than 10,000 votes. He was the only targeted Democrat to survive Tom DeLay's redistricting.

See also, Wikipedia article, 2003 Texas redistricting and Sourcewatch's links on Texas under U.S. election irregularities in 2004.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Van Taylor to face Edwards in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Edwards retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

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Oil Money in Politics

Chet Edwards has received $90,550 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $72,000 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In addition to oil, Edwards has also accepted $29,000 in coal contributions during the 110th congress while representing district 17. $28,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [3]

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Thomas Edwards. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1221 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-2645 Fax: 202-225-5278
    Webform email
District offices
  • 115 South MainAvenue, Suite 202, Cleburne, TX 76033
    Ph: 817-645-4796 Fax: (none entered)
  • 111 University Drive East, Suite 216, College Station, TX 77840
    Ph: 979-691-8797 Fax: (none entered)
  • St. Charles Place, 600 Austin Avenue, Suite 29, Waco, TX 76701
    Ph: 254-752-9600 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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  • Post Office Box 23273, Waco, TX 76702
    Ph: 254-776-6100 Fax: (none entered)

Articles and resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
  2. Vote Tracker, Oil Change International.
  3. See "Follow the Oil Money," "Follow the Coal Money," and vote tracker from Oil Change International and Appalachian Voices.

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