Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University, 1949.
Practiced in, Crowley, Louisiana, 1949—1980, Baton Rouge, since 1980. Senior partner of Edwards & Edwards. Ad hoc judge of Crowley City Court, 1950—1959.
Member of Crowley City Council, 1954—1962, Louisiana State Senate, 1964—1965, United States Congress from 7th Louisiana District, 1965—1972. Governor State of Louisiana, 1972—1980, 1984—1988, 1992—1995. Justice Louisiana Supreme Court, 1980.
Chairman of Interstate Oil Compact Commission, Ozarks Regional Commission, Southern Governor's Conference, Southern Regional Energy Advisory Board. With United States Navy, 1945-1946.
Crowley City Council 1954-1962, La. State Senate 1964-1966. National Resources and Environmental Manager Committee of Southern Governors’ Conference, Rural and Urban Development Committee of National Governors’ Conference.
Crowley Chamber of Commerce, Crowley Industrial Foundation, American Legion.
Married to Elaine Schwartzenburg, April 5, 1949 (divorced 1989). Children: Anna Laure, Victoria Elaine, Stephen Randolph, David Edwin. Married to Candace Picou, May 26, 1994.