PA Congressman Bill Shuster to head House Transportation Cmte.

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 28, 2012 3:39 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Republican Congressman Bill Shuster will become the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a powerful position that could put Pennsylvania's interests out front in federal highway spending and policy.

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The House Republican conference voted earlier this afternoon to name Shuster and other committee chairmen for the 2013-14 session beginning in January.

No Pennsylvania House member currently chairs a full committee.

Shuster, whose district includes Franklin County, currently chairs the subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Shuster's father, Bud, chaired the committee from 1995 to 2001.

The 52-year-old Shuster won election earlier this month to a seventh term representing the 9th Congressional District stretching from south-central to southwestern Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania's transportation secretary, Barry Schoch, says Shuster has energy and character and the ability to build consensus.

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