“I have an announcement I can’t think of a better place to make it than right here at the chamber I led many years ago. … So, I am retiring as your congressman,” Brady mentioned throughout The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference that was streamed on Facebook. “This term, my 13th, will be my last. You know I set out originally to give you, my constituents, the representation you deserve, the effectiveness you want and the economic freedom you need. I hope I delivered on that,” he mentioned.

Brady, who was elected to Congress in 1996 and represents the Lone Star State’s eighth District, is the eighth House lawmaker to announce they’d not search reelection on the finish of their time period, together with 5 House Republicans.

Prior to Congress, Brady served six years within the Texas House of Representatives and was a Chamber of Commerce government for 18 years. In 2015, he replaced Rep. Paul Ryan as chairman of the Ways and Means committee when he turned House speaker and was instrumental within the 2017 tax cut bill.

The congressman mentioned his departure was not as a result of he has “lost faith in a partisan Congress and the political system.”

“I work with some of the most dedicated people in the world. They are talented. They are hardworking. They’re serious about their responsibilities — in both parties — and after 25 years in the nation’s Capital, I haven’t yet seen a problem we can’t solve or move past,” he mentioned.

He additionally dismissed one other potential cause for his departure: former President Donald Trump.

“Given the times, I’m sure someone will say it’s Trump’s fault, that’s how everything works in Washington. Nonsense.” he mentioned. “Look, I’m proud to have worked with the President and often with lawmakers of both parties.”

Brady additionally famous that the GOP places time period limits on its members for chairing committees, so if Republicans have been to take again the House within the 2022 midterm elections, he wouldn’t be allowed to chair the Ways and Means Committee, which he mentioned did issue into his choice to not search reelection, “some.”