New York Rep. Edolphus Towns (D) announced Monday that he would not seek reelection.

"After months of long family discussions, I have decided not to seek reelection for my seat in the United State House of Representatives," Towns said, in a written statement. 

"I am very grateful for the support I  have received over the years. I believe firmly that we would have won a 16th term had we decided to run."

The lawmaker from New York's 10th congressional district first told family and close friends Sunday that he would not seek to return to the House, according to the New York Daily News.

Towns was facing a tough Democratic primary challenge from New York City Councilman Charles Barron and state Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries. He would have had to seek reelection from a re-drawn 8th congressional district, and reports suggested he faced an uphill battle as his new district included many neighborhoods represented by Jeffries.

Towns raised $194,000 in the first quarter of 2012, suggesting he was still contemplating reelection this year, according to Federal Election Commission records.

He has more than $250,000 in his campaign war chest.

Towns was first elected to the House in 1982 and had served as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from 2009 to 2011.

New York's congressional filing deadline is Monday for congressional candidates to get on the ballot for the June 26 primary, according to Politicker.

—This story was updated on April 16 at 10:40 a.m.