Rep. Edolphus “Ed” Towns

Former Representative from New York’s 10th District, Democrat

Towns, a Democrat, was the representative for New York's 10th congressional district from 1993 to 2012.

He was previously the representative for New York's 11th congressional district (1983-1992).

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Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Towns sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below was a member of the House of Representatives in 2013. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Towns is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Enacted Legislation

Towns was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.

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%) Crime and Law Enforcement (5%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Towns’s Vote Vote Description
Yea H.R. 6190 (112th): Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012
Dec 12, 2012. Failed 229/182.
No H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
Yea H.R. 2362 (112th): Indian Tribal Trade and Investment Demonstration Project Act of 2011
Jul 23, 2012. Failed 222/160.
Aye H.R. 3523 (112th): Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Apr 26, 2012. Passed 248/168.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
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 Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Nay H.R. 1363 (112th): Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Apr 9, 2011. Passed 348/70.
Yea S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
Yea H.R. 1830 (110th): To extend the authorities of the Andean Trade Preference Act until February 29, 2008.
Jun 27, 2007. Passed 365/59.

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.

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Primary Sources

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