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Veteran House Democrat Announces Retirement

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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Democrats' Fear of Issa Could Spell House Oversight Panel Shake-Up

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A growing number of House Democrats do not want Rep. Ed Towns, D-N.Y., to retain the party's top post on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee when Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., takes over the panel's reins in January, ABC News has learned.

Towns' critics believe that Democrats will need a stronger presence representing them in what likely will be numerous fights with the GOP's rising star, Issa, as the lower chamber's top investigative committee falls into Republican hands this winter, two Congressional sources familiar with the panel told ABC News.

"I think a lot of people in our party are thinking it's a good idea to look beyond Towns for ranking member," said a senior Democratic aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Over the last two years, with Towns chairing the panel and Issa serving as the ranking Republican, Issa "ran roughshod" over the New York lawmaker, the other source said.

In addition to fears among House Democrats, the White House also has concerns about Towns leading the party's fight against Issa, the source said.

But that notion was shot down by a spokesman for the Obama administration. The White House spokesman said the White House has "a productive working relationship" with Towns and officials "fully expect that to continue."

Even though the wheels are in motion to push Towns out, doing so will not be easy. If Towns, an African-American, were to lose the top Democratic spot on the panel, that could cause unrest among members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Out of the possible likely replacements for Towns -- Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; and Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio -- only Cummings is African-American.

Further complicating matters is another internal Democratic fight, as Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the most powerful African-American in Congress, duel for the party's number-two leadership spot.

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