Brian (Brian) Higgins (D-USH26)
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Capitol: 202.225.3306
FAX: 202.226.0347
District: 716.282.1274
Room 2269 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3226

Residence: Buffalo, NY
Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Mary Jane Hannon   DOB: 10/6/1959
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairNorthern Border Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Aviation Safety Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberUpstate New York Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
FC MemberNew York Defense Working Group
Co-ChairHouse Preserving Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Capability Gains Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Auto Industry Pension Task Force
Co-ChairCopper Caucus
Co-ChairHouse NIH Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Disaster Equity and Building Resilience Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Trade
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberNew York Bipartisan Congressional Delegation
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
Co-ChairHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberAppalachian Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of the Irish National Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Social Security
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
FC MemberDairy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberVision Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Determinants of Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberJob Corps Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Italian American Caucus
FC MemberAuto Care Caucus
FC MemberAir Force Caucus (House)
FC MemberCrime Survivors and Justice Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Ways and Means
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Smart Cities
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus (STEM Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Independent Colleges Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberUnited States Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberBrain Injury Task Force
FC MemberBlue Collar Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberIndia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberBlack Maternal Health Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Erie / Genesee / Livingston / Monroe / Niagara / Orleans / Wyoming


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.