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Veteran House Democrat Announces Retirement

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US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-New York, announced Monday that he is not seeking a 16th term in Congress.

Towns is the former chairman of the powerful Oversight and Government Reform committee and he is a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Towns becomes the fifteenth House Democrat to retire at the end of this cycle rather than face re-election. Ten Republicans have also decided not to run again.

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