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Mickey Edwards

Mickey Edwards
Mickey Edwards on the set of A Conversation With Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Oklahoma City, USA (2013)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by John Jarman
Succeeded by Ernest Istook
Personal details
Born (1937-07-12) July 12, 1937
Cleveland, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Elizabeth A. Sherman
Religion Judaism

Marvin Henry "Mickey" Edwards (born July 12, 1937) is a former Republican congressman who served Oklahoma's 5th congressional district from 1977 to 1993.

Edwards was a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union. He taught at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School and was a regular commentator for NPR's All Things Considered.


  • Early life and career 1
  • Political career 2
  • Academic career 3
  • Author and commentator 4
  • Personal 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life and career

Edwards was born July 12, 1937, in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] He earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1969, and was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1970. Edwards served as a newspaper reporter and editor from 1958 to 1963, engaged in advertising and public relations from 1963 to 1968 and was a magazine editor from 1968 to 1973.[1] From 1973 to 1974 he served as a legislative assistant for the Republican Steering Committee in Washington, D.C., and he was an instructor in law and journalism at Oklahoma City University in 1976.

Political career

Congressman Edwards

During Edwards’s 16 years in Congress, he served variously on the House Budget and Appropriations committees and was the ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations. He was also a member of the House Republican leadership, serving as the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the party's fourth-ranking leadership position. In Edwards's first run in 1974, he was defeated by a longtime incumbent conservative Democratic Congressman John Jarman, who became a Republican shortly before retiring. The next time around, in 1976, Edwards narrowly won the Republican primary over GOP establishment candidate G. T. Blankenship, a local banker and oilman who was a former state attorney general and former Republican leader in the state House of Representatives. Edwards then went on to defeat Democrat Tom Dunlap, local businessman and son of notable academic E.T. Dunlap, in the general election. Edwards served eight terms before being defeated for renomination by state Representative Ernest Istook, mostly because of Edwards's involvement in the House banking scandal. Ironically, during Edwards's tenure the 5th congressional district shifted from predominantly Democratic to predominantly Republican.[2]

Edwards was one of three founding trustees of the constitutional amendments as a substitute for the normal legislative process. Edwards has also served as co-chairman of a Brookings Institution/Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Resources for International Affairs as well as the Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform and for five years as chairman of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He has served on the board of directors of the Constitution Project and was the director of the congressional policy task forces advising Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign.

In a radio interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on November 5, 2008, Edwards said that he had voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 general election.[3]

Academic career

After leaving Congress, Edwards taught at Harvard Georgetown University.

Edwards was a Lecturer of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a member of the Princeton Project on National Security. He taught courses on "How to Win Elections" and "Congress and the Constitution." He is also a Vice President of the Aspen Institute and Director of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

As of 2009, Edwards teaches courses on National Security Policy and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy at the National Constitution Center – Penn Law Visiting Fellow.

Author and commentator

As a notable dissident Republican leader often critical of Republican officeholders, Edwards has been a regular political commentator on American University, University of Southern California, the University of Iowa, the University of Texas, and many others.

Edwards has also authored numerous books and articles: "The Modern Conservative Movement" (2006), "Is Congress Gaining the Upper Hand? – Or is the Power of the President Dominant – A Century Foundation Essay," (2003), "Foreign Assistance and Foreign Policy (The Heritage Lectures)" (1987), "Behind Enemy Lines: A Rebel in Congress Proposes a Bold New Politics for the 1980s" (1983), "Hazardous to Your Health: A New Look at the Health Care Crisis in America" (1972). He co-authored "Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leader Should Know About Government" (2001) and "Financing America’s Leadership: Protecting American Interests and Promoting American Values" (1997). "Reclaiming Conservatism" was issued in February, 2008, by Oxford University Press. His latest book, "The Parties Vs. the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans" (2012), is published by Yale University Press.

In 2009, along with former Congressman

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Jarman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Ernest Istook

External links

The Daily Oklahoman David Zizzo • Published: June 7, 1992

Ex-wives of Edwards: He's No Womanizer

  1. ^ a b Kosmerick, Todd J. "Edwards, Marvin Henry," Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed May 22, 2013)
  2. ^ THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: Primaries; Oklahoma Congressman Is Loser In Race Tainted by Bank Scandal, The New York Times, 8/27/92
  3. ^ The Future Of The Conservative Movement, Series: Fresh Air, NPR, WHYY, November 5, 2008, Transcript (accessed May 22, 2013)
  4. ^ Stein, Sam (July 16, 2009). "Former GOP Congressmen Accuse Republicans Of Putting Party Above Constitution". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Retrieved from the Atlantic website May 5, 2010
  6. ^ , (2011).The Jews of Capitol Hill: A Compendium of Jewish Congressional MembersStone, Kurt F. " Pages 313–320. ISBN 9780810857315.


Edwards has three children and four grandchildren.

Edwards has been married and divorced 5 times and is presently married to Elizabeth A. Sherman, a professor of politics at American University. Edwards is Jewish.[5][6]

Edwards was born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on July 12, 1937, and spent most of his early years in the southside Capitol Hill section of Oklahoma City, where his father, Eddie Edwards, managed a shoe store. Edwards was shot three times while working at the family shoe store, according to the Daily Oklahoman. He has one sister, Sheila Braithwaite, who lives in Sacramento, California.



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