(November 16, 2008)—Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, said Sunday he plans to remain in Congress and won’t accept a cabinet post as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Edwards, who endorsed Obama early in the campaign and who was vetted as a possible running mate, was widely considered a logical choice for the Veterans Affairs post because of his ongoing work on behalf of veterans.
“While it is an honor to have been considered for the position of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, I believe I can make the most difference for veterans, our district and country by continuing to serve in Congress,” Edwards said in a statement issued Sunday morning.
“That is why I have informed President-elect Obama’s transition team that I intend to continue representing the 17th Congressional District of Texas,” Edwards said.
“With my seniority in Congress and as Chairman of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, I believe I can do more for our military troops, our veterans and their families in my present position than I could as Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” Edwards said.
“At the same time I can continue my work to improve roads, economic infrastructure and the quality of life in the 17th District, a district in which I have deep, personal roots.”
Edwards defeated Republican challenger Rob Curnock on Nov. 4 to win a 10th term in Congress.