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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.)

District: 26th District
Political Highlights: Buffalo Common Council, 1988-94; Democratic nominee for Erie County comptroller, 1993; N.Y. Assembly, 1999-2004; U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-present
Born: Oct. 6, 1959; Buffalo, N.Y.
Residence: Buffalo
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Mary Jane Hannon; two children
Education: State U. of New York, Buffalo State, B.A. 1984; State U. of New York, Buffalo State, M.A. 1985; Harvard U., M.P.A. 1996
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (6th term)
Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Middle East & North Africa; Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade); Homeland Security (Border & Maritime Security; Counterterrorism & Intelligence - Ranking Member)

Election History
2014generalBrian Higgins (D) 113,21068.1
Kathleen Weppner (R) 52,90931.8
2012generalBrian Higgins (D, WFM) 212,58874.8
Michael Madigan (R, C, INDC) 71,66625.2
2010generalBrian Higgins (D) 119,08560.9
Leonard Roberto (R) 76,32039.1
2008generalBrian Higgins (D, WFM) 185,71374.4
Daniel Humiston (R, INDC) 56,35422.6
Harold Schroeder (C) 7,4783.0
2006generalBrian Higgins (D, INDC, WFM) 140,02779.3
Michael McHale (R) 36,61420.7
2004generalBrian Higgins (D, INDC, WFM) 143,33250.7
Nancy Naples (R, C) 139,55849.3
Roll Call Vitals


on the House Seniority List

Fellow New York Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D) is 3rd.


New York is 5th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


Twitter Followers (@RepBrianHiggins)

Rep. Brian Higgins has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.