Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a nine-term congressman and strong opponent of the 2010 healthcare reform law, will lead the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in the new 113th Congress.
House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) announced his influential tax panel's subcommittee leadership posts on Tuesday. In an e-mail, Camp said Brady—the third-most senior Republican on Ways and Means—brings institutional knowledge to the subcommittee. “With our nation's safety-net programs nearing fiscal insolvency, his experience will be critical to protecting beneficiaries and ensuring taxpayer dollars are used efficiently,” Camp said in an e-mailed statement.
Brady, 57, succeeds Rep. Wally Herger, the California Republican who retired from Congress after his most recent term ended. A former Chamber of Commerce executive, Brady served in the last Congress as chairman of the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee.