Former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards donates papers to Baylor

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WACO, TX (KWTX) Former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards visited Waco Thursday to celebrate the release of his congressional papers at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library at Baylor University.

The former congressman who once represented Texas' 11th District from 1990-2005 and 17th District from 2005-2010 spoke in front of a small crowd and said how humbled he was that his papers were able to be a part of a new exhibit.

The exhibit highlights Edwards' 20 years of service to Central Texans from fighting to improve education to advocating for Texas military men and women.

"Trying to protect the Waco VA hospital for being closed and the harm that would have caused so many Central Texas veterans, to fighting for jobs at L3 and improving the parks in Waco that hundreds and thousands of families have enjoyed every year"

His political work which spans more than 28 years will be on display and archived at the legislative library.

The archived collection includes 341 boxes of congressional papers and of the 818 speeches, 538 are handwritten by Edwards.

Prior to his time in the U. S. Congress, Edwards' life of public service began in 1982, when he was elected the youngest Texas State Senator at 31. Edwards served in the Texas Senate until 1991.

The exhibit will be open until summer.

Visitors can call Baylor for more information.