GOP Rep. Shuster won't run for re-election

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced that he will not seek re-election this year.
By Rick Docksai | Jan 05, 2018
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA.) announced Tuesday that this term will be his last, making him the fourth Republican committee chairmanwho will retire at the end of this term. Shuster currently chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Speaking to the Washington Examiner in an interview published Tuesday, Shuster said that he will use his final year in Congress to help pass a national infrastructure bill. He said that he has been working with President Trump for months on developing a plan and that he will work to build a bipartisan consensus in Congress around it.

"I thought it was the best decision for me to focus 100 percent on my final year as the chairman of the Transportation Committee, working with the president and other Democrats and Republicans to pass an infrastructure bill, which is much needed to rebuild America," Shuster said.

The other three chairmen leaving Congress next January include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas). All four chairmen would have had to retire from their committee posts at the end of this term due to House GOP conference rules that restrict chairmen to only three consecutive two-year terms. Shuster has held his chairmanship since 2013.

But all four chairmen, including Shuster, were eligible to run again for their congressional seats. And Shuster's district, which Trump won by a large margin, is considered safely Republican.

Shuster's retirement announcement also takes place in the opening days of what may be a difficult electoral year for House Republicans. Not only are Republican incumbents coping with Trump's sagging popularity, but they are also defending nearly twice as many seats as Democrats are.

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