House Democrat To Quit In 2024 Citing Political Grievances

On Sunday, Representative Brian Higgins (D-New York) announced his intention to depart from Congress in February after serving for 19 years. He cited his displeasure with Congress as the reason for his decision.

Rep. Brian Higgins, a Democrat in New York’s predominantly Democrat 26th Congressional District, pointed to rising dysfunction as the reason.

Higgins stated that he had always been a bit impatient, and that attitude has helped accomplish incredible improvements for DC. However, things move at a glacial and unpleasant pace this year in particular.

Reports show that 64-year-old Higgins took office in January 2023 for his 10th and last term. The House Budget and Ways and Means Committees have him as a member. Higgins is in the Canada-U.S. Inter-Parliamentary Group and co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus. He’s in the Bipartisan Cancer Caucus as its co-chair.

Several other members of the House have also announced their resignation in recent weeks.

In his statement, he said he was initially elected to Congress 19 years ago this month, and performing this job has been the privilege of a lifetime. Higgins is serving his ninth term in the House.

There will be a special election in the spring for New York’s Democratic-leaning 26th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Niagara and Erie counties, including Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Higgins stated that he was tasked with effecting positive change in his community. He did so by conversing with the people of Western New York, which served as an imperative reminder of the reason he was elected to serve.

According to reports, he claimed during the announcement that he considered many job offers but was unsure of his plans beyond February. His administration has not verified the rumors that Higgins has accepted a position at Buffalo’s famed Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

Tim Kennedy, a Democrat from Buffalo and state senator, has officially announced that he would run for the seat now held by Rep. Brian Higgins.