Born in 1951 in Corpus Christi, Texas, Edwards is the son of a World War II naval aviator. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Economics from Texas A&M University in 1974. Upon graduation, he received the Earl Rudder Award, given to two outstanding seniors. He then worked three years as a congressional aide to Congressman Olin E. “Tiger” Teague before earning a MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
In 1982, at the age of 30, Edwards was elected as the youngest Member of the Texas State Senate, where he served from 1983 to 1990. He was known as a champion for education, high technology economic development and veterans, and Texas seniors and was named “One of Ten Outstanding Legislators” by Texas Monthly.
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