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Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.)

  • District: 10th District, Part of Brooklyn -- Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Downtown Brooklyn, East New York
  • Residence: Brooklyn
  • Born: July 21, 1934; Chadbourn, N.C.
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Family: Wife, Gwendolyn Towns; two children
  • Education: North Carolina A&T State U., B.S. 1956; Adelphi U., M.S.W. 1973
  • Military Service: Army 1956-58
  • Political Highlights: Brooklyn Borough deputy president, 1976-82; U.S. House, 1983-2013
  • Elected: Elected: 1982 (15th term)
  • Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade; Communications & Technology; Health); Oversight & Government Reform (Government Organization, Efficiency & Financial Management - Ranking Member)
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State Information: 10th District, Part of Brooklyn -- Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Downtown Brooklyn, East New York

Election History
Year Election Candidate Votes Percent
2010 general Edolphus Towns (D) 95,485 91.1%
Diana Muniz (R) 7,419 7.1%
Ernest Johnson (C) 1,853 1.8%
2008 general Edolphus Towns (D) 155,090 94.2%
Salvatore Grupico (R, C) 9,565 5.8%
2006 general Edolphus Towns (D) 72,171 92.2%
Jonathan Anderson (R) 4,666 6%
Ernest Johnson (C) 1,470 1.9%
2004 general Edolphus Towns (D, WFM) 136,113 91.5%
Harvey Clarke (R) 11,099 7.5%
Mariana Blume (C) 1,554 1%
2002 general Edolphus Towns (D, L) 73,859 97.8%
Herbert Ryan (C) 1,639 2.2%
Vote For President
Year Democrat Republican Independent
2008 Barack Obama: 91% John McCain: 9%
2004 John Kerry: 86% George W. Bush: 13%
2000 Al Gore: 88% George W. Bush: 8%

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