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Ed Towns
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Chair of the House Oversight Committee
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Henry Waxman
Succeeded by Darrell Issa
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 10th district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013
Preceded by Chuck Schumer
Succeeded by Jerry Nadler (Redistricting)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 11th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by James H. Scheuer
Succeeded by Major Owens
Personal details
Born July 21, 1934 (1934-07-21) (age 86)
Chadbourn, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gwen Forbes
Children 2, including Darryl
Education North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (BS)
Adelphi University (MSW)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1956–1958

Edolphus "Ed" Towns Jr. (born July 21, 1934) is an American politician. He was in the United States House of Representatives from 1983 to 2013. He was a member of the Democratic Party from New York. Towns was Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2009 to 2011.

On April 16, 2012, Towns announced he would be retiring at the end of his 15th term.


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