Experience: House: District 26, 2005-Present
Home State: New York
Running: President, United States, 2016
Total Raised: $635,320Coverage End: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Winning: Won with 0.00%
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    Full Name: Brian Higgins
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Mary Jane; 2 Children: John, Maeve
    Birth Date: 10/06/1959
    Birth Place: Buffalo, NY
    Home City: Buffalo, NY


    MA, Public Policy/Administration, John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1996
    MA, History, Buffalo State College, 1995
    BA, Political Science, Buffalo State College, 1985

Political Experience

    Assistant Democratic Whip, United States House of Representatives, 2011-present
    Representative, United States House of Representatives, 2004-present
    Assembly Member, New York State Assembly, 1999-2003

Current Legislative Committees

    Foreign Affairs, Member
    Homeland Security, Member
    Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Member
    Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Ranking Member
    Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa, Member
    Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, Member

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Member, Cancer Caucus
    Former Co-Chair, Congressional Cancer Caucus
    Member, Congressional Great Lakes Task Force
    Former Co-Chair, Congressional Great Lakes Task Force
    Co-Chair, Congressional Older Cities Task Force
    Former Co-Chair, Historic Preservation Caucus
    Member, New Democrat Coalition
    Member, Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition
    Former Co-Chair, Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition
    Member, Northern Border Caucus
    Former Co-Chair, Northern Border Caucus
    Member, Ways & Means Committee, United States House of Representatives, 2009-2010
    Member, Committee Government & Oversight, United States House of Representatives, 2005-2008
    Member, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, United States House of Representatives, 2005-2008

Professional Experience

    Laborer, Family Bricklaying Business
    Lecturer, Economics & History Departments, Buffalo State College, 2000-2004
    Chief of Staff, Erie County Legislature, 1993-1998
    Senior Policy Advisor, Erie County Legislature, 1994-1998

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Historian, Irish-American Legislators Society of New York
    Member/Historian, New York State Irish Legislators Association
    Member, Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church
    Member, Buffalo Common Council, 1988-1993

Additional Information


    1993, Best Buffalo lawmaker, Buffalo News survey of 350 Western New York Business and Community Leaders
    1995, Inaugural Western New York Harvard Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University
    Judge John D. Hillary Scholarship Award
General Survey
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Support
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

3. Marijuana is a gateway drug
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Strongly Support
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Strongly Support
6. Vouchers for school choice

Strongly Oppose
7. Make voter registration easier

Strongly Support
8. Prioritize green energy

Strongly Support
9. Avoid foreign entanglements
10. Expand the military

11. Support & expand free trade

12. Support American Exceptionalism
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

14. Expand ObamaCare

Strongly Support
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Strongly Support
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Strongly Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Strongly Support
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Support
20. Privatize Social Security

Strongly Oppose
Total: 74
Introduced Date Bill Number Bill Title Last Action
05/04/2017 H.R.2329 Nation Building Here at Home Act of 2017 05/04/2017 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  (All Actions)
02/17/2017 H.Res.148 Expressing support for the designation of "National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month". 02/17/2017 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  (All Actions)
04/26/2016 H.R.5066 United States-Israel Maritime Security Partnership Act of 2016 04/26/2016 Referred to House Armed Services  (All Actions)
03/23/2016 H.R.4304 Nuclear Worker Residual Contaminations Compensation Act 03/23/2016 Referred to the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.  (All Actions)
12/02/2015 H.R.4159 Access to Military Service Records Act of 2015 12/02/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  (All Actions)
10/30/2015 H.R.3852 To direct the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study on the benefits of solar net energy metering, and for other purposes. 10/30/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.  (All Actions)
10/21/2015 H.R.3350 Know the CBRN Terrorism Threats to Transportation Act 10/21/2015 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  (All Actions)
08/13/2015 H.R.2855 Veterans Education Flexibility Act 08/13/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.  (All Actions)
07/23/2015 H.R.3203 Vacant Homes Act of 2015 07/23/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Financial Services.  (All Actions)
06/26/2015 H.R.2664 Structured Settlement Claimants Rights Act of 2015 06/26/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.  (All Actions)
06/16/2015 H.R.2536 TREAT Act 06/16/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.  (All Actions)
06/10/2015 H.Res.307 Condemning the Republic of the Sudan for its actions to pardon Mubarak Mustafa, who was responsible for the escape of two men convicted of the assassination of John Granville on January 1, 2008, and calling on the United States Department of State to continue to include Sudan on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. 06/10/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  (All Actions)
05/18/2015 H.R.2169 Social Security Administration Accountability Act of 2015 05/18/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Social Security.  (All Actions)
05/15/2015 H.R.2332 Nation Building Here at Home Act of 2015 05/15/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  (All Actions)
04/23/2015 H.R.1955 Great Lakes Nutrient Removal Assistance Act 04/23/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  (All Actions)
04/07/2015 H.R.1496 To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the access to child care for certain veterans receiving health care at a facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 04/07/2015 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.  (All Actions)
03/25/2015 H.Res.174 Expressing support for designation of March as "National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month". 03/25/2015 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  (All Actions)
03/19/2015 H.R.1495 Restoring Confidence Through Smarter Campaigns Act 03/19/2015 Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.  (All Actions)
05/19/2014 H.R.4641 To reauthorize the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Act. 05/19/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.  (All Actions)
03/03/2014 H.R.3997 Social Security Administration Accountability Act of 2014 03/03/2014 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.  (All Actions)
Total: 2163
Date Bill Number Bill Title Result Vote
06/12/2017 H.Res.380 Commemorating one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016.
06/08/2017 H.R.2840 To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.
05/19/2017 H.R.1725 Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act of 2017
05/18/2017 H.Res.199 Recognizing the self determination of Gibraltar to determine its status as a British Overseas Territory.
05/18/2017 H.Res.197 Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the President and the Secretary of State should ensure that the Canadian Government does not permanently store nuclear waste in the Great Lakes Basin.
05/18/2017 H.Res.188 Condemning the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and calling for justice for the victims.
05/17/2017 H.R.2499 To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to meet standards for the location and operation of polling places used in elections for Federal office, including a standard requiring States to ensure that no individual waits for longer than one hour to cast a vote at a polling place, and for other purposes.
05/17/2017 H.R.2309 Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act of 2017
05/17/2017 H.R.356 Protecting Our Democracy Act
05/04/2017 H.R.2389 To reauthorize the West Valley demonstration project, and for other purposes.
05/04/2017 H.Res.314 Recognizing National Foster Care Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges of children in the foster care system, and encouraging Congress to implement policy to improve the lives of children in the foster care system.
05/02/2017 H.R.2282 Equality Act
05/02/2017 H.Con.Res.52 Expressing the sense of Congress that an appropriate site in the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery should be provided for a memorial marker to honor the memory of those who have been awarded or are eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal who are missing in action, are unaccounted for, or died in-theater.
05/02/2017 H.Res.291 Promoting and supporting the goals and ideals of the Fair Housing Act and recognizing April 2017 as Fair Housing Month, which includes bringing attention to the discrimination faced by every-day Americans in the United States in housing and housing-related transactions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, and religion.
05/02/2017 H.R.1242 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act
05/01/2017 H.R.2049 Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Amendments of 2017
04/28/2017 H.R.2119 Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017
04/26/2017 H.R.1960 Supreme Court Ethics Act of 2017
04/25/2017 H.R.1571 Fire Department Proper Response and Equipment Prioritization Act
04/25/2017 H.Res.187 Relating to efforts to respond to the famine in South Sudan. Passed Yea
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