Rep. Bill Shuster to seek another term in Washington

Written by Jim Hook/The Chambersburg Public Opinion | Nov 7, 2017 11:25 AM

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(Washington, D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Everett, has indicated he will seek re-election in 2018.

Shuster told The Hill last week that he intends to stay in Congress after his chairmanship on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expires in January 2019.

Shuster's campaign committee has more than $900,000 after raising nearly $1.2 million in this election cycle. Nearly two-thirds of his financial support has come from political action committees.

In each of the two prior elections Shuster's campaign raised more $4 million to defend his seat from tea party conservative Art Halvorson of Manns Choice. Halvorson has remained an opposition voice, but his campaign remains $362,000 in debt to him. 

Neither Shuster nor Halvorson commented for this story. 

Shuster, 56, told The Hill reporter, "My intention is to stick around. I've got some other opportunities. I'm pretty senior on the Armed Services Committee. [Chairman] Mac Thornberry has another term, but I'm on the top prong there, and I've demonstrated that I can get things done."

Shuster became a member of the House transportation committee soon after being elected to Congress in 2001. He became committee chairman in 2013. House rules allow a chairman to serve up to three two-year terms before stepping down.

The Hill approached Shuster after other House chairmen announced their retirement from Congress. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) both cited expiring chairmanships as one reason for not seeking re-election.

Shuster represents Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District, which includes Franklin and Fulton counties.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Chambersburg Public Opinion. 

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