Rep. Ed Towns (D-Brooklyn), who has served in the House of Representatives for 30 years, today announced that he will not seek reelection for a 16th term in Congress. He issued the following statement:
"After months of long family discussions, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the United State House of Representatives. I am very grateful for the support we have received over the years. I believe firmly that we would have won a 16th term had we decided to run.
I am proud to have brought millions of dollars into my district for much needed improvements, fought corruption on Wall Street as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Committee and helped to bring healthcare to millions of uninsured Americans as a devoted advocate of healthcare reform. It has been an honor to have fought so that the people of New York can have more opportunities and a chance to live better lives."
Congressman Towns began his political career in 1978 when he became Brooklyn's first African American Deputy Borough President. Only four years later, Towns won the first of many terms in Congress representing a diverse swath of Brooklyn, including Clinton Hill, Mill Basin, downtown Brooklyn, Boreum Hill and parts of Williamsburg.
During his career, Congressman Towns served on numerous committees, and in 2010 was appointed Chairman of the powerful Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he investigated mortgage fraud and Wall Street. He has also served on the Energy and Commerce Committee and many subcommittees including Health, Communications, Technology and the Internet and Commerce Manufacturing and Trade.
He also has been active in the Congressional Black Caucus, which he chaired in 1991, the Congressional Caribbean Caucus, the Congressional Urban Caucus, the Congressional Mental Health Caucus, and the Congressional Labor and Working Families Caucus. He is also the founder of the Congressional Social Work Caucus.