Higgins is the representative for New York’s 26th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 3, 2013. Higgins is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 63 years old.
He was previously the representative for New York’s 27th congressional district as a Democrat from 2005 to 2012.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Higgins.
Higgins is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Higgins has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 27, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Brian Higgins sits on the following committees:
Higgins was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 2142 (117th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 170 Manhattan Avenue in Buffalo, New York, as the “Indiana Hunt-Martin Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 3556 (112th): To designate the new United States courthouse in Buffalo, New York, as the “Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse”.
- H.R. 918 (111th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 300 East 3rd Street in Jamestown, New York, as the “Stan Lundine Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 6318 (110th): To designate a portion of United States Route 20A, located in Orchard Park, New York, as the “Timothy J. Russert Highway”.
- H.R. 3339 (109th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2061 South Park Avenue in Buffalo, New York, as the “James T. Molloy Post Office …
Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Higgins sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (37%) Taxation (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (14%) Social Welfare (11%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Higgins recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 1402: Boxing Therapy for Parkinson’s Access Act of 2023
- H.R. 604: Make NEXUS Work Act
- H.R. 9336 (117th): Increasing Access to Lung Cancer Screening Act
- H.R. 9213 (117th): To amend title 54, United States Code, to authorize the appropriation of …
- H.Res. 1086 (117th): Commemorating the 50th anniversary of United States and Bangladesh relations.
- H.Res. 997 (117th): Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the American College of Surgeons Commission on …
- H.R. 6774 (117th): Boxing Therapy for Parkinson’s Access Act of 2022
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2005 to Mar 2023, Higgins missed 452 of 12,203 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills