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Edward Peter Beard (born January 20, 1940) is an American businessman and politician from Rhode Island. He served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and was a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Edward Beard
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
Preceded byRobert Tiernan
Succeeded byClaudine Schneider
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
In office
1972–1974
Personal details
Born (1940-01-20) January 20, 1940 (age 79)
Providence, Rhode Island, US
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceProvidence, Rhode Island
ProfessionBusinessman
politician

Early lifeEdit

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Beard attended Assumption Elementary School and Hope High School in Providence.[1] He served in the Rhode Island National Guard from 1960 to 1966, where he completed high school as well as a college-level course in agriculture.[2] Beard was one of only a few members of Congress in the late 20th Century who was not a college graduate. Beard worked as a house painter before entering politics.[3]

Political careerEdit

Beard began his political career as a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, serving from 1972 to 1974. In 1976, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention.

Elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress, he was reelected to the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses.[4] Beard served in the U. S. House of Representatives from January 3, 1975, to January 3, 1981, and was chairman on the House Committee on Labor Standards.[5] His bid for re-election to the Ninety-seventh Congress in 1980 was unsuccessful.

After leaving Congress, he owned and operated a tavern and hosted a short lived radio talk show. He served as director of elderly affairs for the City of Providence, Rhode Island, from 1986 to 2002.[6] He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to the One Hundred and Second Congress in 1990.[7]

He is a resident of Providence, Rhode Island.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 282.
  2. ^ "1977 Press Photo Edward Beard Representative Congress Blue Collar House Painter". The Historic Images Store. Archived from the original on April 20, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "SCHNEIDER, Claudine". History, Art & Archives United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  4. ^ "BEARD, Edward Peter". History, Art & Archives United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Pound Gingrichinto the ground" (PDF). EIR. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Pound Gingrichinto the ground" (PDF). EIR. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  7. ^ "BEARD, Edward Peter". History, Art & Archives United States House of Representatives. Retrieved April 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Capace, Nancy (2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. North American Book Dist LLC. p. 282.

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