Brian Higgins

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Brian Higgins ()
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Committees: House Committee on Ways and Means
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Brian Higgins, a Democrat, has represented the 27th Congressional District of New York in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Higgins was born October 6, 1959 in Buffalo, New York. He received his undergraduate and graduate education at Buffalo State College, studying political science and history. In 1995, he was awarded the inaugural Western New York Harvard Graduate fellowship, and one year later earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Prior to being elected to Congress, Higgins served served three two-year terms as the South District Councilman on the Buffalo Common Council from 1988-1994. In 1993, during his final year on the Council, Brian was rated "Buffalo's Best Lawmaker" in a 1993 Buffalo News Survey of Western New York business and community leaders. After that, Brian served on the 145th Assemblyman in the New York Assembly from 1999-2004. [1]

Congressional career

His biggest accomplishment since being elected to Congress is securing $279 million over 50 years for Erie County's various governments and agencies from New York Power Authority as part of the Niagara Falls Relicensing Agreement.[2]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Michael J. McHale to face Higgins in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [3] Higgins retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
M&T Bank$ 12,500
Roswell Park Cancer Institute$ 11,000
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
General Mills$ 10,000
Honeywell International$ 10,000
Laborers Union$ 10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 10,000
Northrop Grumman$ 10,000
Operating Engineers Union$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Brian Higgins
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Brian Higgins. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2459 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-3306 Fax: 202-226-0347
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District offices
  • Larkin Building, 726 Exchange Street, Suite 601, Buffalo, NY 14210
    Ph: 716-852-3501 Fax: (none entered)
  • Fenton Building, Suite 300, 2 East Second Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
    Ph: 716 484-0729 Fax: (none entered)
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