December 15, 2010 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi – Speaker of the House of Representatives – H232 The Capitol – Washington, DC 20515
Dear Madam Speaker,
As you know I was Chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee in the 111th Congress. After losing 63 seats in the midterm election and now finding ourselves in the minority in the 112th Congress, I decided to withdraw my candidacy following a conversation with you when you made it clear that I did not have your support.
As a result of these developments, I am reclaiming my seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee with full seniority and all rights and privileges, including the grandfather clause which allows me to have a seat on both the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. I have held a seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee since 1989.
I would like to have this done expeditiously before the close of the 111th Congress.
Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Member of Congress