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Representative Edolphus "Ed" Towns (1934 - )
Edolphus “Ed” Towns retired January 1, 2013, after serving fifteen terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served the tenth Congressional District of Brooklyn, New York.
Representative Towns was a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he was ranking member of the Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management Subcommittee, and a member of the exclusive Energy and Commerce Committee where he sat on the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, the Health Subcommittee, and the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. Through his committee appointments, he worked to enhance consumers’ privacy protections on the Internet and developed innovative initiatives to reduce asthma and bridge the digital divide. Representative Towns also served as the Chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, a Congressional Member Organizations he founded in the 111th Congress to create a platform on the Hill for more than 600,000 social workers throughout the US who positively impact the lives of the elderly, the disadvantaged, children, veterans or other individuals in need of guidance and direction in their lives.
Throughout his tenure in Congress, Representative Towns introduced legislation in education, telecommunications, healthcare, financial services and the environment. He introduced legislation seeking the formation of a comprehensive immigration reform commission, the establishment of an office of men’s health, and legislation to authorize the use of clinical social workers to conduct evaluations to determine work-related emotional and mental illnesses. Congressman Towns was a lead sponsor of the Dorothy I. Height and Whitney M. Young, Jr. Social Work Reinvestment Act and an outspoken advocate for social workers and the individuals, families and communities served by the profession.
Congressman Towns has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina A & T State University.
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