GOPer’s retirement opens door for Nunes to capture top House gavel

Rep. Kevin Brady (R–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’s retirement will set off a race among House Republicans for the coveted top slot on the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Devin Nunes (R–Tulare) is the next most senior Republican on the panel, followed by Reps. Vern Buchanan (R–Fla.) and Adrian Smith (R–Neb.).

Nunes currently serves as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee after previously serving as its chairman while Republicans held the House majority.

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Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.