Congressman Shuster won't recuse himself while dating a lobbyist

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 28, 2015 11:50 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Public Opinion, Ryan Blackwell

Congressman Bill Shuster

(Washington) -- The chairman of the House transportation committee says he never considered recusing himself from the panel's work on aviation legislation after he began dating a top airline industry lobbyist.  

Midstate Congressman Bill Shuster is a Republican who represents all of Franklin County and portions of Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties

He says he's been "transparent'' about the relationship begun last year.

He points to rules in his office that bar the woman from lobbying him or his staff and describes those rules as going beyond what the law requires. 

Shuster, appearing at a National Journal event, says people in Washington know his "integrity level.''

He says he guarantees when an aviation bill is passed, everyone involved will be content with the outcome. 

Shuster, who is divorced, earlier this month confirmed his relationship with Shelley Rubino, a vice president for global government affairs at Airlines for America.

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