|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1981
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives|
|Born||January 20, 1940|
Providence, Rhode Island, US
|Residence||Providence, Rhode Island|
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.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Beard attended Assumption Elementary School and Hope High School in Providence. 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. 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.
Elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth Congress, he was reelected to the Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Congresses. 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. 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. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination to the One Hundred and Second Congress in 1990.
He is a resident of Providence, Rhode Island.
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district
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