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Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas)


Biography
District: 17th District
Political Highlights: sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1978; Texas Senate, 1983-91; U.S. House, 1991-2011
Born: Nov. 24, 1951; Corpus Christi, Texas
Residence: Waco
Religion: Methodist
Family: Wife, Lea Ann Edwards; two children
Education: Texas A&M U., B.A. 1974; Harvard U., M.B.A. 1981
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1990 (10th term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Energy-Water; Military Construction-VA - Chairman); Budget

Defeated by Bill Flores, R, in general election on November 2, 2010

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2010generalBill Flores (R) 106,69661.8
Chet Edwards (D) 63,13836.6
Richard Kelly (LIBERT) 2,8081.6
2008generalChet Edwards (D) 134,59253.0
Rob Curnock (R) 115,58145.5
Gardner Osborne (LIBERT) 3,8491.5
2006generalChet Edwards (D) 92,47858.1
Van Taylor (R) 64,14240.3
Guillermo Acosta (LIBERT) 2,5041.6
2004generalChet Edwards (D) 125,30951.2
Arlene Wohlgemuth (R) 116,04947.4
Clyde Garland (LIBERT) 3,3901.4
2002generalChet Edwards (D) 74,67851.6
Ramsey Farley (R) 68,23647.1
Andrew Farris (LIBERT) 1,9431.3
2000generalChet Edwards (D) 105,78254.8
Ramsey Farley (R) 85,54644.3
Mark Swanstrom (LIBERT) 1,5900.8
1998generalChet Edwards (D) 71,14282.4
Vince Hanke (LIBERT) 15,16117.6
1996generalChet Edwards (D) 99,99056.8
Jay Mathis (R) 74,54942.4
Ken Hardin (NL) 1,3960.8
1994generalChet Edwards (D) 76,66759.2
Jim Broyles (R) 52,87640.8
1992generalChet Edwards (D) 119,99967.4
Jim Broyles (R) 58,03332.6
1990generalChet Edwards (D) 73,81053.0
Hugh Shine (R) 64,26947.0
Roll Call Vitals

3rd

Texas is 3rd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Rep. Chet Edwards has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.