(TheConservativeTimes.org) – According to a report, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, D-New York, said that he would be leaving Congress before the conclusion of his current term because he has become disillusioned with the inefficiency of the federal government. Higgins (64) said at his press conference that he believed now is the moment for change. According to Higgins, his last week in office will be the beginning of February.
He said when he first got to Congress 19 years ago, it was a very different place, but that the current environment is much different. We’re wasting more time on fewer activities, Higgins said, and the people of the United States are being ignored.
Higgins, a member of the House’s Budget and Ways and Means committees, is in his tenth term.
The Democrat-leaning 26th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Niagara and Erie counties and the cities of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, will have a special election in the spring. Buffalo Democrat and state senator Tim Kennedy could be in the running to succeed Higgins.
Higgins follows other members of Congress, such as Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), who announced his retirement last week.
Reports show that during his career in Congress, Wenstrup has been the leader of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Select Subcommittee on Intelligence.
Wenstrup said on X that he planned to serve for no longer than four terms but is now in his sixth. However, Wenstrup said that key people were made aware six months ago that the time away from his family was excessive.
Thirty-one members of Congress, including 24 members of the United States House of Representatives and seven members of the United States Senate, have stated as of November 13, 2023, that they will not run for reelection in 2024.
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