Before becoming a lawyer and a politician, Edwards shuffled trays, which is why she's trying to increase the minimum wage for the service industry.
"I used to be a waitress, and I knew that my minimum wage was different from the other minimum wage," she says.
In 2009 Congress raised the minimum wage to $7.25, but that doesn't cover millions of workers who rely on tips to get by, which Edwards says is shortsighted.
"Although we've increased the minimum wage over a period of time, the wages for tipped employees is actually...well below the regular minimum wage and has been that way for the past 20 years," she says.
The legislation is called the WAGE Act, and will be introduced Monday on Capitol Hill.