Don Edwards, a longtime liberal Democratic icon from San Jose who distinguished himself fighting for the rights of the disadvantaged and opposing the Vietnam War, died Thursday, 20 years after he retired from Congress. He was 100.
His death was confirmed by his son, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Len Edwards.
During 32 years in Congress, Edwards became known as the dean of the California delegation and a champion of civil and constitutional rights. Admirers called him "the conscience of Congress."
Early on, he played a key role in convincing Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 under President Lyndon...