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Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns

Former Representative for New York’s 10th District

Towns was the representative for New York’s 10th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1993 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for New York’s 11th congressional district as a Democrat from 1983 to 1992.

Photo of Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns [D-NY10, 1993-2012]

Analysis

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Towns is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Towns sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 1, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Towns was the primary sponsor of 10 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 10 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Towns sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (26%) Health (20%) Economics and Public Finance (14%) Social Welfare (11%) Education (10%) Commerce (8%) Families (7%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Towns’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Towns voted Yea

Towns voted No

Towns voted Aye

Towns voted Aye

Towns voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 1983 to Jan 2013, Towns missed 2,025 of 18,002 roll call votes, which is 11.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: