Biography for Introductions
Congressman Brian Higgins is a sixth term member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties.
Brian has been a champion of waterfront development in Buffalo and Western New York. He led the fight for a $279 million settlement from the New York Power Authority that is now financing a major transformation of Buffalo's long neglected Inner and Outer Harbors. In our nation’s capital he is an advocate for policies important to our regional economy. He is an avid supporter of increased funding for biomedical research, an area creating jobs along the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and a strong voice for infrastructure investment and nation building here at home.
In the 115th Congress, Brian serves on the Vice Ranking Member on the House Committee on Ways and Means and as a member of the House Committee on the Budget. He is a Co-Chair of the Northern Border Caucus, from which he advocates for federal policies that recognize the security needs unique to the northern border and strengthen economic ties with our Canadian neighbors. Brian is also a Co-Chair of the House Cancer Caucus, and the Revitalizing Older Cities Caucus. Additionally, he is a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, the House Manufacturing Caucus, and the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition.
Brian has traveled extensively through some of the most volatile regions in the world and has met with world leaders to promote peace in Northern Ireland, the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, including Darfur, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Brian was an instructor in the History and Economics departments at Buffalo State College, where he had previously earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science. Brian also earned an advanced degree in Public Policy and Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.