Congressman Brian Higgins announces his plans to leave Congress
Longtime New York State Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) has announced plans to leave Congress in February of 2024.
Congressman Higgins shared the news at an event in Buffalo and issued the following statement:
“It’s been nineteen years since I was first elected to Congress, and doing this work has truly been the honor of a lifetime. I’ve never stayed on Capitol Hill, I go there on a mission to change my community and come home on the first flight every week, because being on Western New York, and talking to people here, provides an urgent reminder of what Washington was sent to do.
“Too often, elected officials chase the 24-hour news cycle, focusing on the issue of the day, and when you look back there is little to show for it. We have deliberately taken a different approach – committed to finding a focus, and fighting for what It really matters in the lives of people here in Western New York, and getting things done. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished: consistent service for veterans, life-saving aviation safety measures, bipartisan, record-breaking infrastructure and Great Lakes investments, a significant increase in the nation’s commitment to fighting cancer, and a transformation of the waterfront. We have, and the list goes on. Over the years, we have put the people of Buffalo Niagara first and changed Western New York for the better.
“I have always been a bit impatient, and that trait has helped us make remarkable progress for this community. But the pace in Washington, D.C., can be slow and frustrating, especially this year. So, after careful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to leave Congress and explore other ways I can Through which we build and serve Buffalo and Western New York.
“The Buffalo-Niagara region is a place like no other, a home known for its warm heart, a small town with big offerings, and a region with a bright future. I am so proud to have played a role in the transformation of Western New York, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to represent the good people of the city.” New York 26thy congressional district.”
Congressman Higgins began his first term in the House of Representatives in 2005. He currently serves on the House Ways and Means Committee as well as the House Budget Committee. Higgins, whose district borders southern Ontario, is co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-US Parliamentary Caucus. He is also a longtime co-chair of the Bipartisan Cancer Caucus and a member of the Great Lakes Task Force.