Brian Higgins is a member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties. Born and raised in Buffalo, Brian has a vision for a better future for all Western New Yorkers. From leading efforts to reimagine the Buffalo Waterfront, to facilitating major infrastructure improvements and fighting to protect Social Security, he is working hard to make long-term investments that will benefit the community for generations to come.
Widely accepted as the principal architect of waterfront development in Buffalo and Western New York, Brian led the fight for a quarter-billion-dollar federal relicensing settlement from the New York Power Authority that continues to finance the transformation of Buffalo's long-neglected Inner and Outer Harbor waterfront areas. In our nation’s capital, Brian is an advocate for policies important to our regional and national economies. Brian is an avowed supporter of increased funding for biomedical research – an area creating jobs throughout the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus – and remains a strong voice for robust infrastructure investment, supporting “nation-building here at home.”
In the 118th Congress, Brian serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means, where he is also a Member of the Subcommittees on Health, Trade, and Social Security. In addition, Brian currently serves as a member of the House Committee on the Budget. Brian is a Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus, from which he advocates for federal policies that recognize the unique needs of northern border communities – efforts which serve to strengthen economic and security ties with our Canadian neighbors. Brian also serves as Co-chair of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus, and a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, the House Manufacturing Caucus, the Labor Caucus, the Equality Caucus, and the newly formed Heartland Caucus.
Brian has traveled extensively through some of the most volatile regions in the world. In doing so, he has met with world leaders to promote peace in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, including Darfur, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Prior to his election to the House, Brian made his career serving in state and local elective office, as well as higher education. Brian served as an instructor in the History and Economics departments at SUNY Buffalo State University, where he taught a course of his own design entitled, “The Economic History of Buffalo & Western New York.” A graduate of Buffalo State University, Brian also earned an advanced degree in Public Policy and Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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