Long-time Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins has announced that he is leaving Congress in February of 2024. He has served in Congress since 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 Inter-Parliamentary Group. He is also a long-time Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Cancer Caucus and a member of the Great Lakes Task Force.
In his press release, Congressman Higgins stated:
“I’ve always been a little impatient, and that trait has helped us deliver remarkable progress for this community. But the pace in Washington, D.C. can be slow and frustrating, especially this year. Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to leave Congress and explore other ways I can build up and serve Buffalo and Western New York."
Congressman Higgins has always been generous with this time, meeting with us on numerous occasions. He did great work for Buffalo, especially in revitalizing the waterfront. However, in recent years, he refrained from co-sponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act and the AM Radio For Every Vehicle Act.
His departure will leave an open seat in Buffalo. We expect the announcement for a special election soon.
You can see his press release here.