Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
EDWARDS, Thomas Chester (Chet) (1951-)

EDWARDS, THOMAS CHESTER (CHET), a Representative from Texas; born in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Tex., November 24, 1951; B.A., Texas Agricultural & Mechanical University, 1974; M.B.A., Harvard University Business School, Cambridge, Mass., 1981; legislative and district administrative assistant to United States Representative Olin Teague of Texas, 1974-1977; unsuccessful candidate for nomination to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; business executive; member of the Texas state senate, 1983-1990; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Second and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1991-January 3, 2011); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2010.

Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials
Waco, TX
Papers: 1990-2010; 221 document boxes, 130 record boxes, 67 OVZ boxes.
The collection consists of records chiefly documenting Chet Edwards’ career in the United States Congress. The papers include administrative files containing invitations and phone logs; campaign material recorded from 1990-2010; radio and television spot ads for Edwards related to his various political campaigns; district files with information about the various cities and constituencies located in those districts and are arranged alphabetically by geographic location; town halls, at Fort Hood, Baylor University, and Texas A&M University; legislative files reflecting legislative priorities such as agriculture, appropriations, armed services, budget, homeland security, and veterans’ affairs; Press files generated by Edwards’ office are organized by type: columns, mailers, news releases, newsletters, and radio calls; newsletters containing documents addressed to constituents and are organized by topic; speeches ranging in date from 1989-2009 and reflecting Edwards’ service in the U. S. House of Representatives and part of his tenure in the Texas Senate, including the following topics: campaigns, commencements, fundraisers. Of particular interest are records relating to the Branch Davidians, the Clinton Impeachment, and Religious Liberty. Edwards was a strong and effective voice on behalf of religious liberty, largely due to the influence of former Baylor University president Herbert H. Reynolds. Religious liberty documents are arranged alphabetically by topic. Each topic represents a major religious liberty/separation of church-state issue that transpired over his time in office. Included among the topics are: Charitable Choice (1995-2007), Religious Freedom Amendment (1994-2002), Religious Liberty Protection Act (1998-1999), and posting the Ten Commandments on public property (1997-2005). A finding aid is available in the repository and online.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communications
Norman, OK
Videocassette: 1990, 1 commercial on 1 videocassette.
The commercial was used during Chet Edwards's campaign for the 1990 U.S. congressional election in District 11 of Texas, Democratic Party.