Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)

Photo of John Edwards
Party
Democratic
District
21: Giles County (All), Roanoke City (All), Montgomery County (Part), Roanoke County (Part) [map]
Took Office
January 1996
Next Election
November 2019
Committees
Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation
Twitter
@SenEdwardsVA
Copatroning Habits
55% of bills he copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of his bills, 55% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that he also copatroned, 52% of them are Democrats.
Partisanship
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Bills Passed
23.3% in 2017
Campaign Contributions
cash on hand (December 1969 report)
Recent Mentions in the Media

Sen. Kennedy praises Louisiana Bond Commission's move to block banks over gun policies:

August 17, 2018
  The AdvocateLouisiana bars banks from $600M deal because of gun policies  Herald-WhigFull coverage

Virginia state senator asks Virginian governor to halt MVP:

July 25, 2018
  Beckley Register-HeraldFull coverage

Dan Fagan: John Kennedy is obsessed with Louisiana's governor, and he's telling the president:

August 11, 2018
  The AdvocateFull coverage

Trump's payments to stop stories about women sound like the John Edwards case:

July 25, 2018
  NBCNews.comDoes President Trump have a John Edwards problem?  MSNBCShapiro: Dems Hoping Trump-Cohen Tapes Are the Scandal That 'Torpedoes' Trump's Presidency  Fox News InsiderFull coverage

Our Views: Why US Sen. John Kennedy's latest prisons stunt hurts Louisiana:

August 15, 2018
  The AdvocateFull coverage

These are all of the video clips of John Edwards’s remarks on the floor of the Senate since 2009. There are 306 video clips in all.

Bills

  • SB50: Same-sex marriages; civil unions.
  • SB51: Income withholding orders; employer's duty to request disclosure.
  • SB58: Minimum wage; increases wage from its current federally mandated level.
  • SB78: Trust decanting; authorized fiduciary.
  • SB82: Electric utility regulation; agricultural net energy metering.
  • SB83: Renewable energy; third-party power purchase agreements.
  • SB130: Elections; removal and revision of several obsolete elections-related statutes.
  • SB131: Voter registration; notice and public access not required for certain voter registration events.
  • SB145: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB146: Children's Ombudsman, Office of the; created.
  • SB147: Commonwealth Transportation Board; factors for project selection.
  • SB148: Driver's licenses; suspensions for certain non-driving related offenses.
  • SB149: Outdoor amphitheater or concert venue; nonsmoking areas, penalty.
  • SB150: Elections; ascertainment of results by the electoral board, write-in votes.
  • SB151: General registrar; office open five days a week.
  • SB152: General registrars; assistants, full-time status.
  • SB153: Independent candidates; clarification of definition of 'time of filing for the office.'
  • SB154: Administrative Process Act; hearing officers, timely decisions.
  • SB155: Firearms; chambers of local governing bodies.
  • SB156: Guardians, licensed physician, etc.; annual reports.
  • SB157: Grand larceny & certain property crimes; increases threshold amount of money taken, etc., to $500.
  • SB158: Medical assistance; eligibility for state plan.
  • SB159: Medical services; Commonwealth's lien for payment, limitations.
  • SB160: Language development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing; assessment resources.
  • SB161: Medicare; supplement policies for individuals under age 65.
  • SB162: Marketplace Virginia; created.
  • SB222: Patients; medically or ethically inappropriate care not required.
  • SB223: Prescription drugs; price gouging prohibited.
  • SB294: Administrative Process Act; exemption for certain regulations of Dept. of Veterans Services.
  • SB295: Roanoke Higher Education Authority; board of trustees, membership.
  • SB296: Prisoners; medical and mental health treatment of those incapable of giving consent.
  • SB297: Communications companies; incentives, provision of wireless broadband services.
  • SB311: Community solar gardens; SCC to establish standards for operation.
  • SB312: Cooperative procurement of professional services; construction, solar power purchase agreements.
  • SB313: Community solar generation; establishment of facilities.
  • SB324: Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.
  • SB459: Governor's Secretaries; reporting substance abuse data and information.
  • SB487: Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act; raises civil penalties in Act.
  • SB488: Virginia Fire Services Board; powers and duties.
  • SB697: Natural gas utilities; right of entry.
  • SB791: Employers and potential employers; civil immunity, reports of violent behavior by an employee.
  • SB792: Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Inc.; funds from license plates may be used to support operation.
  • SB821: New River Valley Emergency Communications Regional Authority; annual budget contribution.
  • SB822: Delinquent taxes; collection of amounts due locality.
  • SB825: Elections, State Board of; increases membership, Commissioner of Elections to be member of Board.
  • SB986: Attorney General, Office of, and Department of Taxation; sharing and disclosure of information.
  • SB991: Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance, Office of, and Broadband Advisory Council; expiration.
  • SJ14: Emergency custody and temporary detention; alternative models.
  • SJ30: Free community college; JLARC to study.
  • SJ98: Commending Frank M. Beamer.
  • SJ132: Commending Cecili Weber.
  • SJ170: Celebrating the life of Walter Steven Davis, Sr.
  • SJ184: Commending Evelyn Ann Slone.
  • SJ211: Commending Diane L. Zahm.
  • SJ219: Commending the Patrick Henry High School girls' swim team.
  • SJ244: Commending Beverly T. Fitzpatrick, Jr.
  • SB135: Human trafficking training; DCJS to establish for law-enforcement, etc.
  • SB139: Electric utility regulation; agricultural net energy metering.
  • SB140: Electric utilities; net energy metering, standby charges.
  • SB142: Solar thermal system; tax credit.
  • SB912: Virginia taxable income of residents; reorganization of additions, subtractions, and deductions.
  • SB913: Uniform Trust Decanting Act; creation.
  • SB914: Reduction of amount of lien for medical services paid for by the Commonwealth.
  • SB915: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB916: Virginia Register Act; guidance documents; duty to file with the Registrar.
  • SB917: Electric utility regulation; agricultural net energy metering.
  • SB918: Renewable energy; third-party power purchase agreements.
  • SB919: Removal of blight; building collapse; emergency.
  • SB920: Lien priority.
  • SB921: Commonwealth Transportation Board; statewide prioritization process.
  • SB937: Office of the Children's Ombudsman.
  • SB938: Smoking in outdoor public place; locality regulation.
  • SB1049: Firearms; administration of machine gun registry, nonresident concealed handgun permits.
  • SB1050: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth; mission.
  • SB1078: Catawba Hospital; DBHDS to develop a plan to expand, report.
  • SB1111: School calendar; adds to 'good cause' circumstances for waiver of school opening.
  • SB1112: Firearms; control of possession in chambers of local governing bodies.
  • SB1188: Driver's license; suspension of license for nonpayment of fines and court costs.
  • SB1189: Water and sewer services; liens, owners, lessees, or tenants.
  • SB1226: Virginia Freedom of Information Act; proprietary records and trade secrets.
  • SB1365: Statewide Fire Prevention Code; authority of Va. Fire Services Bd., fees for school inspections.
  • SB1447: Roanoke Higher Education Authority; removes president of Bluefield College from board of trustees.
  • SB1459: Discharge of treasurer; legal pleadings.
  • SB1480: Malicious impersonation by computer; penalty.
  • SJ86: Pay It Forward, Pay It Back; SCHEV to study feasibility of implementing.
  • SJ242: Study; Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission; free community college; report.
  • SJ243: Constitutional amendment (first resolution); qualifications to vote; restoration of civil rights.
  • SJ246: Study; inland port facility in the Roanoke Region and New River Valley; report.
  • SJ270: Commending the Salem High School football team.
  • SJ271: Commending the Blacksburg High School football team.
  • SJ325: Commending the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University football team.
  • SJ334: Commending Hollins University.
  • SJ335: Commending the Student Government Association of Virginia TECH.
  • SJ359: Commending the Christiansburg Rescue Squad.
  • SJ367: Commending the Legal Aid Society of the Roanoke Valley.
  • SJ368: Commending Roanoke College.
  • SJ372: Commending Thomas L. McKeon.
  • SJ405: Commending Blacksburg High School.
  • SJ422: Celebrating the life of W. Alvin Hudson, Jr.
  • SB127: Uniform Powers of Appointment Act; codification of Act.
  • SB128: Personal injury and wrongful death actions; disclosure of physical address of insured person.
  • SB129: Minimum wage; increases minimum wage from its current federally mandated level to $8.00 per hour.
  • SB130: Mandatory minimum punishments; repeals Code section that defines 'mandatory minimum.'
  • SB131: Prostitution; affirmative defense.
  • SB132: Minor; abduction for purpose of prostitution.
  • SB133: Trafficking in persons; civil cause of action.
  • SB135: Human trafficking training; DCJS to establish for law-enforcement, etc.
  • SB139: Electric utility regulation; agricultural net energy metering.
  • SB140: Electric utilities; net energy metering, standby charges.
  • SB141: Tow truck drivers and towing and recovery operators; complaints by consumers.
  • SB142: Solar thermal system; tax credit.
  • SB143: Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older.
  • SB144: Prostitution; court may defer and dismiss a first-offense charge of solicitation.
  • SB145: Marriage license; authorization to designate marriage officiant.
  • SB146: Judges; increases number in circuit court in 23rd Judicial Circuit District.
  • SB147: Judges; increases number in district court in 23rd Judicial District.
  • SB148: Renewable energy; SCC to establish third-party power purchase agreements.
  • SB180: Prostitution; juveniles engaged in commercial sexual conduct, participation in specialized services.
  • SB205: Handguns; purchase by certain officers.
  • SB206: Administrative Process Act; ex parte communications.
  • SB207: Administrative Process Act; reconsideration of formal hearings, litigated issues, report.
  • SB240: Virginia Tort Claims Act; electronic filing when notice filed with Department of Transportation.
  • SB425: Higher education; student mental health policies.
  • SB441: Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments.
  • SB540: Early childhood education; all school divisions to provide for certain children.
  • SB541: Two-Year College Scholarship Match Program; created.
  • SB547: Water and sewer service; certain liens for delinquent charges.
  • SB605: Reckless driving; causing death or injury of certain persons, penalties.
  • SB614: Natural gas companies; right of entry upon property.
  • SB715: Firearms shows; voluntary background checks by Department of State Police, penalties.
  • SB716: Firearm transfers; penalties.
  • SB725: Competitive telephone companies; alternative providers.
  • SB726: Erosion and sediment control plans; utility company projects.
  • SB753: Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission; transfer of funds to Medicaid.
  • SJ14: Commending Ken Tuck, M.D.
  • SJ15: Celebrating the life of Paul E. Torgersen.
  • SJ24: Human trafficking; work group to study safe harbor policy for minor victims.
  • SJ64: Celebrating the life of Darrel Dennis Martin.
  • SJ86: Pay It Forward, Pay It Back; SCHEV to study feasibility of implementing.
  • SJ99: Commending Frank Beamer.
  • SJ114: Celebrating the life of Alphonzo LaSalle Holland, Sr.
  • SJ116: Commending Colonel Wesley L. Fox, USMC, Ret.
  • SJ144: Celebrating the life of Roy C. Kinsey, Jr.
  • SJ148: Commending David Bailey Associates.
  • SJ183: Celebrating the life of the Honorable Madison Ellis Marye.
  • SR16: Celebrating the life of Jesse Clingenpeel.
  • SR17: Commending Frank Beamer.
  • SR21: Commending Colonel Wesley L. Fox, USMC, Ret.
  • SB93: Unlawful photographs or videos; Class 6 felony for person to publish on Internet.
  • SB191: Voter registration lists; duties of State Board of Elections and general registrars, etc.
  • SB350: Net energy metering by municipalities & multifamily customer-generators; projects authorized.
  • SB351: Securities Act; Invest in Virginia Exemption.
  • SB708: Elections; absentee voting by persons age 65 or older.
  • SB709: Computer and other crimes; venue for prosecution.
  • SB710: Human trafficking; new felonies created, penalties.
  • SB711: Voter registration; duties of State Board of Elections and general registrars.
  • SB760: Medicare; supplement policies for persons under age 65 and eligible by reason of disability.
  • SB761: Personal injury and wrongful death actions; disclosure of address of alleged tortfeasor, etc.
  • SB762: Tenancy by the entireties; property held in trust.
  • SB763: Securities Act; crowdfunding exemption.
  • SB764: Electric utilities; net energy metering programs.
  • SB765: Redistricting; certain population data to be used.
  • SB766: Candidates; reduces number of signatures required on ballot petitions.
  • SB767: Water and sewer systems; Montgomery County may require connection.
  • SB810: Income tax, state; changes credit for low-income taxpayers.
  • SB829: Court costs; expired inspection sticker.
  • SB830: School calendar; continuing waivers.
  • SB831: Criminal history record checks; barrier crimes.
  • SB832: Blood samples; person authorized to take samples pursuant to a search warrant, immunity.
  • SB833: Electric utilities; net energy metering.
  • SB835: Newborn screening; Krabbe disease.
  • SB925: School zone; speed limit photo-enforcement system.
  • SB926: Notice provisions; third party commercial carrier.
  • SB927: Administrative Process Act; process for disqualification of a hearing officer.
  • SB928: Administrative Process Act; default by nonappearing party.
  • SB929: State agencies; use of third-party commercial carriers for service, delivery, etc.
  • SB1155: Firearms; confiscation, reporting, and return by law enforcement.
  • SB1156: Writ of habeas corpus; service; of writ, dismissal of petition.
  • SB1159: Highway projects; Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop a life-cycle cost analysis.
  • SB1160: Renewable energy; third party power purchase agreements.
  • SB1267: Conflicts of Interests Acts, State and Local Government, and General Assembly; prohibited.
  • SB1276: Roanoke, City of; amending charter, appointment of director of finance.
  • SB1282: Administrative Process Act; disciplinary proceedings.
  • SB1302: Campaign finance; campaign fundraising during special sessions prohibited.
  • SB1330: Rights of the Disabled, Board for, & Board for the Rights of Virginians with Disabilities; repeals.
  • SB1382: Motor vehicles involved in an accident; removal and disposition.
  • SB1387: Contract carrier's transportation of railroad employees; civil penalty.
  • SB1388: Railroad trains; trespassing, raises penalty.
  • SB1389: Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program; eligibility for benefits.
  • SB1414: Cigarette tax, local; Montgomery and Pulaski Counties authorized to impose.
  • SJ25: Pay It Forward, Pay It Back; SCHEV to study feasibility of implementing.
  • SJ56: Virginia Preschool Initiative; JLARC to study and identify policy and funding options to expand.
  • SJ222: Commending Jacqueline L. Shuck.
  • SJ223: Commending Sandra Levin.
  • SJ266: Commending the Glenvar High School football team.
  • SJ277: Study; SCHEV; Pay It Forward, Pay It Back; report.
  • SJ281: Urban schools; joint subcommittee to study unique and specific challenges facing school divisions.
  • SJ340: Celebrating the life of E. Cabell Brand.
  • SJ341: Celebrating the life of the Honorable George W. Harris, Jr.
  • SJ364: Commending Ted Edlich.
  • SB5: Right to Farm Act; restoration of certain provisions.
  • SB55: University of Virginia; changes composition of Board of Visitors.
  • SB92: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; preservation of Stadium Woods property.
  • SB93: Unlawful photographs or videos; Class 6 felony for person to publish on Internet.
  • SB94: Divorce proceedings; evidence by affidavit, residency requirement.
  • SB143: Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council; created.
  • SB144: Standards of Learning; assessments, revisions.
  • SB191: Voter registration lists; duties of State Board of Elections and general registrars, etc.
  • SB243: Virginia Tourism Authority; designating Blue Ridge Highlands region to enhance tourism development.
  • SB244: Higher Education for Virginia, State Council of; elimination of certain duties and programs.
  • SB345: Trust directors; defenses to liability.
  • SB346: Wills, trusts, and fiduciaries; increasing various allowances and other threshold amounts.
  • SB350: Net energy metering by municipalities & multifamily customer-generators; projects authorized.
  • SB351: Securities Act; Invest in Virginia Exemption.
  • SB353: Criminal history record checks; sets out list of barrier crimes.
  • SB354: Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; expedited evictions for nonremediable breaches.
  • SB358: Administrative Process Act; date of adoption or readoption of a regulation for purposes of appeal.
  • SB372: Early childhood education; school divisions to provide certain programs for 4 and 5 year children.
  • SB373: Trafficking in persons; penalties.
  • SB580: Electric utility regulation; renewable energy portfolio standard program, etc.
  • SB633: Higher educational institutions; tuition waiver for dependent children of faculty.
  • SB634: Decanting statute; conditions for second trust.
  • SB660: Attorney General, Office of; Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, funds recovered.
  • SJ25: Pay It Forward, Pay It Back; SCHEV to study feasibility of implementing.
  • SJ56: Virginia Preschool Initiative; JLARC to study and identify policy and funding options to expand.
  • SJ95: Commending the Giles High School football team.
  • SJ96: Commending the Northside High School football team.
  • SJ97: Celebrating the life of Elizabeth Thomas Bowles.
  • SJ98: Celebrating the life of the Reverend Carl Terrie Tinsley, Sr.
  • SJ99: Celebrating the life of Robert Frederick Bondurant, M.D.