House transportation chairman Shuster says he won't seek re-election

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., announced Jan. 2 that he will not seek re-election in November. Shuster is chairman of the House of Representatives' Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Shuster thanked his constituents in Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district, and said it was “a tremendous privilege to have been selected by my congressional colleagues to be chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the last five years.”

Shuster was named chairman of the transportation committee in 2013, succeeding U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla. His chairmanship will end this year under Republican rules that limit committee chairs to six-year terms. However, he can be expected to play a major role in shaping transportation infrastructure legislation in a year that the White House has indicated it will make infrastructure a priority.

In a prepared statement Association of American Railroads President Ed Hamberger said Shuster “guided numerous pieces of bipartisan legislation through the House including the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act in 2015 — which included numerous freight rail provisions and Amtrak reauthorization.”

American Public Transportation Association President Paul P. Skoutelas, in a prepared statement, said that Shuster “has been a champion for the nation’s transportation infrastructure and his leadership will be sorely missed.”

Shuster was elected to Congress in 2001, succeeding his father, U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, who was first elected in 1973. The elder Shuster was transportation committee chair from 1995 to 2001.
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