Edolphus "Ed" Towns, a former social worker and community activist in Brooklyn, New York, is a 13-term veteran in the House, where he serves on both the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Towns represents the 10th Congressional District of New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of East New York, Canarsie, Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Cypress Hills, Clinton Hill, Mill Basin, Midwood, downtown Brooklyn, Boreum Hill, as well as parts of Fort Greene and Williamsburg. This area brings together Brooklyn's diverse populace-black, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Jewish voters.
In the 110th Congress (2007-2009), Representative Towns was appointed chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement. He has focused on issues such as government contracting, education, health care for 9/11 workers, and minority business development. Rep. Towns is also member of Energy and Commerce's Health Subcommittee, the Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, and the Telecommunications and the Internet Subcommittee. Through these subcommittee appointments, Rep. Towns has worked diligently to enhance consumers' privacy protections on the Internet, develop innovative initiatives to reduce asthma and expand access to care, and bridge the digital divide.
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