Texas lawmaker running to replace Ryan on Ways and Means

Texas Rep. Kevin Brady announced Monday morning that he wants to replace Paul Ryan as head of the House Ways and Means Committee.

Brady, the second most senior Republican on the committee, highlighted his past work on trade deals, health care, and tax legislation in making the case for why he should be the new committee chairman once Ryan becomes speaker of the House.

"To advance Speaker Ryan's pro-growth agenda we need a pro-growth conservative Ways and Means chairman who has a proven record of working successfully with House Republicans of all philosophies to advance tax reform, entitlement reform and free trade," Brady said in a statement sent out Monday.

"The next chairman of the Ways and Means Committee will have to hit the ground running," Brady said. "In addition to major accomplishments as leader of two subcommittees and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, I've worked hard to earn a reputation for fairness, hard work and respect for members' opinions across the spectrum."

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