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COPY-Democrat Edwards says he'll stay in Congress

Associated Press - November 16, 2008 1:35 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards says he's staying in Congress despite speculation he was being considered for Veteran Affairs secretary.

The Waco Democrat said Sunday he told President-elect Barack Obama's transition team that he'll continue representing his Texas district where voters this month re-elected him to a 10th term.

Edwards, who is chairman of the House Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Committee, said he believed he could be more effective in Congress than the Cabinet.

Edwards was also reported to be on Obama's short list of potential running mates during the presidential campaign this summer.

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