Brian (Brian) M. Higgins (D-USH26)
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Capitol: 202.225.3306
FAX: 202.226.0347
District: 716.852.3501
District FAX: 716.852.3929
Room 2459 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-3226

Residence: Buffalo, NY
Elected: 2004    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Mary Jane Hannon   DOB: 10/6/1959
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairNorthern Border Caucus
Co-ChairIran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus
ChairmanCongressional Aviation Safety Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Hockey Caucus
FC MemberUpstate New York Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairRevitalizing Older Cities Congressional Task Force
Co-ChairHouse Preserving Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Capability Gains Caucus
Co-ChairCopper Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Auto Industry Pension Task Force
Co-ChairHouse NIH Caucus
FC MemberNew York Defense Working Group
Co-ChairHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberAppalachian Caucus
FC MemberLyme Disease Caucus
FC MemberNew York Bipartisan Congressional Delegation
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Prescription Drug Abuse
FC MemberCongressional Pro-Sports Caucus
FC MemberCongressional China Caucus
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (NEMW)
FC MemberGreat Lakes Task Force (Joint)
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberHouse Specialty Crops Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Medical Technology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Friends of Canada
FC Member21st Century Health Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Automotive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberInternational Workers Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberCongressional Shipbuilding Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention (IP)
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Victims' Rights Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coast Guard Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkish Relations and Turkish Americans
FC MemberCongressional Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Caucus [STEM Caucus]
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Brain Injury Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Fire Services Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberHouse Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) 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.

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, for "nation building here at home." In the 115th Congress, Brian serves as Vice-Ranking Member on the House Committee on Ways and Means, where he also serves as a Member of the Subcommittees on Health and Trade. 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 one of four Co-Chairs of the bipartisan House Cancer Caucus, and as a Co-Chair of the Revitalizing Older Cities Caucus. Additionally, Brian 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. In so doing, 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 and in education. Brian served as an instructor in the History and Economics departments at SUNY Buffalo State College, where he taught a course of his own design entitled, "The Economic History of Buffalo & Western New York." A graduate of Buffalo State College, Brian also earned an advanced degree in Public Policy and Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Brian has been awarded an honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Daemen College, and an honorary Doctorate degree in Laws from Medaille College.