Texas Representative Kevin Brady announced he will not run for re-election next year after serving in the House since 1997. Rep. Brady is the top Republican on the influential House Ways and Means Committee.
The Hill reports:
“This term, my 13th, will be the last,” Brady said during remarks before the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference.
He acknowledged that the House GOP’s internal rule limiting members to six consecutive years of committee leadership at a time played a role in his decision to retire.
“Did that factor in? Honestly, some,” Brady said.
“But as I see it, our committee leader term limits ensure lawmakers who work hard and eﬀectively have the opportunity to lead, to bring fresh ideas to our committee work. In my view, it’s a good thing. And the great news is that our Ways & Means Committee is incredibly talented. I’m conﬁdent about its future,” he added.
Brady’s Texas district is a Republican stronghold and should easily stay red in the next election. However, Brady’s retirement will set off a race among House Republicans for the coveted top slot on the House Ways and Means Committee.