Portrait Unveiling in DC for New York Congressman Ed Towns Brings Out Political Powerhouses From Both Sides of the Aisle

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Painted by Chicago area artist Vincent Chiaramonte, portrait will hang prominently in House chamber in full view of c-span cameras.

The official portrait unveiling for United States Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns (NY), the outgoing Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took place May 24th in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC. Among the several hundred guests in attendance were congressional colleagues from both sides of the political aisle. Congressional speakers at the event included: The Honorable Steny Hoyer (Democratic Whip, U.S. House of Reprentatives), The Honorable Darrell Issa (Chairman, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform), The Honorable Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives) and The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Shultz (Chair, Democratic National Committee). Also in attendance were Congressman Don Manzullo (IL), Congressman Charlie Rangel (NY), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA), Congressman Dennis Kucinich (OH) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD).

The bi-partisan event was respectful and dignified for a man serving his 15th term in the United States Congress. The current Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa said of Mr. Towns: “This guy was tough as hell. This is a chairman's chairman. He dealt with both sides with cheerfulness. He dealt with adversity and trouble and the bad nature of our staffs in a fair and nonpartisan way. So I do consider Ed Towns my friend. I am looking forward to see his picture displace John Conyers. But I am also looking forward to you sitting beneath that picture for a long, long time as a colleague, probably disagreeing with me on just about every vote."

The 3/4 figure oil portrait painted by artist Vincent Chiaramonte shows Congressman Towns in his Brooklyn Office. “Receiving this commission and knowing my painting will hang in the chamber above the members in full view of c-span cameras for all to see are things I would dream about—now it has come true," said Chiaramonte. This is the second congressional portrait commission within a year for the artist, who received his formal training at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

An official transcript from the United States House of Reprentatives and photographs accompany this press release. For further information, please contact Vincent Chiaramonte at 312-203-5699 or via email at vincent(at)vscstudio(dot)com.

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