The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
The Woodlands, April 14 – United States Congressman Kevin Brady announced that he will retire from Congress and not seek re-election at the conclusion of his current term in the United States House of Representatives. Brady made the announcement at his former workplace, the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Outlook Conference.
“I am retiring as your Congressman. This term, my 13th, will be my last,” Brady told the crowd. “I set out originally to give my constituents the representation you deserve, the effectiveness you want and the economic freedom you need. I hope I delivered.”
Brady said, “Is this because I’ve lost faith in a partisan Congress and the political system? Absolutely not…I work with some of the most dedicated people in the nation, talented, hardworking and serious about their responsibilities in both parties. And after 25 years in the nation’s Capitol I haven’t yet seen a problem we can’t solve or move past. Not one. Especially when we put our ideas and our best intentions together…As you may not know, because House Republicans limit committee leaders to six year terms, I won’t be able to chair the Ways & Means Committee in the next session when Republicans win back the majority. Did that factor into that decision? Yeah, some.
Brady currently serves as the Ranking Republican on the powerful Ways & Means Committee.
Brady continued, “But as I see it, our committee leader term limits ensure lawmakers who work hard and who work effectively someday have the opportunity to lead, to bring fresh new ideas to every committee we have. In my view, it’s a good thing.”
Brady won election to the House in 1996 and had previously served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives. He is the first member of Congress from Montgomery County.
Brady’s retirement will likely set off a frenzy of candidates for his Congressional seat in the 2022 Republican Primary Election. Strong candidates who appear likely to be interested in the race include:
- State Representative Steve Toth, Republican of Conroe, who is currently in the Texas Legislature;
- Conroe businessman Dave Roberts;
- Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch;
- Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack;
- Montgomery businessman and Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Director Jim Spigener;
- Brady’s Chief of Staff Brandon Steinmann;
- Jonathan Hullihan, a conservative veteran and lawyer from Montgomery County, is rumored to be interested in the race.
- State Senator Brandon Creighton.