WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan announced today that he will run for chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

“The announcement by Rep. Kevin Brady that he will not seek re-election is a huge loss to our party,” said Buchanan.  “Kevin has been nothing short of a superstar over the past five years as Republican leader of the Ways and Means Committee.  I worked side by side with Kevin and saw his critical leadership in passing the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the landmark trade deal with Canada and Mexico.  It is my honor to serve as the Republican leader of the Trade Subcommittee and as past chairman of the Tax Subcommittee while these issues were under consideration.  At the appropriate time, it would be an honor to be considered for the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee when we win back the House in 2022.”