Ed Towns

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Ed Towns
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U.S. House, New York, District 10
Former member
In office
January 3, 1983-January 3, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 1982
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy President, Borough of Brooklyn, New York
1976-1982
Education
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Master'sAdelphi University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1956-1958
Personal
BirthdayJuly 21, 1934
Place of birthChadbourn, North Carolina
ProfessionSocial Worker
Net worth$556,005
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Edolphus "Ed" Towns (b. July 21, 1934) was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Towns was elected by voters from New York's 10th congressional district.

In April 2012, Towns announced he would not run for re-election in 2012 after 15 terms in office.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Towns is a "moderate Democratic leader".[2]

Biography

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Towns was born in Chadbourn, North Carolina. He earned a B.S. from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1956, and a M.S.W. from Adelphi University in 1973.[3]

Career

After earning his B.A., Towns served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. Towns subsequently worked as an educator at Fordham University as well as a social worker. He also served as deputy president of the Borough of Brooklyn from 1976-1982.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2011-2012

Towns served on the following committees:[5]

Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade.

Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Towns voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: New York's 10th congressional district elections, 2012

Towns did not seek re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York's 10th District.[7] After a drawn-out redistricting process, Towns announced in April 2012 that he would not run for re-election.[1][8]

According to a March 30, 2012 article from The Washington Post, that notes the top 10 incumbents who could lose their primaries, Towns was the 7th most likely incumbent to lose his primary.[9] The article cites competition from challengers state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and City Councilman Charles Barron as the main reason behind Towns vulnerability in the primary.[9]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Towns was re-elected to the United States House for a fifteenth term. He defeated Diana Muniz (R), and Ernest Johnson (Conservative).[10]

U.S. House, New York Congressional District 10 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEd Towns Incumbent 79.7% 95,485
     Blank/Scattering 12.6% 15,115
     Republican Diana Muniz 6.2% 7,419
     Conservative 1.5% 1,853
Total Votes 119,872

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of Towns' campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Towns was re-elected to the U.S. House in 2010 for a fifteenth term. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,632,842 and spent $1,660,794.[11]
U.S. House, New York, 2010 - Ed Towns Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,632,842
Total Spent $1,660,794
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Ed Towns's campaign committee
Microsoft Corp$18,300
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center$17,800
UnitedHealth Group$16,300
Shiel Medical Laboratory$13,900
SCOOTER Store$12,550
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$110,875
Lawyers/Law Firms$102,574
Public Sector Unions$95,750
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$67,550
Lobbyists$65,000

Analysis

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Towns paid his congressional staff a total of $1,063,126 in 2011. Overall, New York ranked 28th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Town's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $57,012 to $1,054,999. That averages to $556,005, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874. His average net worth increased by 132.15% from 2010.[13]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Towns' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-290,985 to $769,997. That averages to $239,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Democrats in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Towns tied with three other members of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 55th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[15]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Towns ranked 38th in the liberal rankings among members of the U.S. House.[16]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Ed Towns voted with the Democratic Party 94.8% of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 192 House Democratic members as of December 2011.[17]

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Personal

Towns has been married to the former Gwen Forbes for more than half a century. They have two children: a son Darryl Towns who was elected to 10 terms in the New York State Assembly before being appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo as commissioner and chief executive of New York State Homes and Community Renewal; and a daughter Deidra. The Towns have five grandchildren.[18]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Chuck Schumer
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 10
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Jerrold Nadler
Preceded by
James H. Scheuer
U.S. House of Representatives - New York District 11
1983-1993
Succeeded by
Major Owens
Preceded by
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Deputy President, Borough of Brooklyn, New York
1976-1982
Succeeded by
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