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GOP Rep. Kevin Brady Won’t Seek Reelection

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Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year after serving since 1997.

Brady is term-limited in his role as the top Republican on the powerful panel with jurisdiction over the tax code, meaning he wouldn’t be able to keep the position in the next session of Congress. He previously served as the committee’s chairman from 2015 to 2019, including while Republicans enacted their 2017 tax overhaul under former President Trump. Brady said during remarks before the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference, “This term, my 13th, will be the last.”

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. Brady’s district outside Houston is a GOP stronghold and is not expected to become competitive for Democrats in next year’s midterm elections.

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