Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) introduced that he plans to resign in February after 19 years in authorities service, believing he can higher serve his district elsewhere.
Higgins, who represents New York’s twenty sixth U.S. Congressional District, which covers cities like Buffalo and Niagara Falls, cited Washington, DC’s, rising dysfunction as the rationale for his departure.
“I’ve always been a little impatient, and that trait has helped us deliver remarkable progress for this community,” Higgins stated. “But the pace in Washington, D.C. can be slow and frustrating, especially this year.”
“Therefore, after thoughtful consideration, I have made the difficult decision to leave Congress and explore other ways I can build up and serve Buffalo and Western New York,” he continued.
As noted by the Hill, Higgins represents simply one among many members of Congress, together with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who’ve introduced their departure in current weeks, citing rising frustration with polarization.
“It was nineteen years ago this month that I was first elected to serve in Congress and doing this work has truly been the honor of a lifetime,” he stated.
“I’ve never lingered on Capitol Hill, I go there on a mission to change my community and return home on the first flight each week because being in Western New York, talking to people here, provides an urgent reminder of what I was sent to Washington to do,” he added.
At a information convention on the Buffalo History Museum, Higgins additionally said he feels the time has come for a change.
“It’s just a time for change, and I think this is the time. I want to come back to the city and serve this city that I have represented in Washington for the past 19 years,” he stated.
“Congress is not the institution that I went to 19 years ago. It’s a very different place today,” he continued. “We’re spending more time doing less. And the American people aren’t being served.”