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Top Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker announces US House bid

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 23, 2018 10:20 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania's House Majority Leader Dave Reed will run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, whose district includes Franklin County. 

Reed formally announced the bid Tuesday in a campaign email, a few days after telling Republican Party officials about his plans.

Reed's announcement comes a day after Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered the boundaries of the state's 18 congressional districts redrawn within weeks in a gerrymandering case. That creates the possibility that Reed won't live in the 9th District if it is redrawn.

The 39-year-old Reed's been in office since 2003 and majority leader for three years. The 9th District is solidly Republican and Reed likely faces a crowded GOP primary.

Republican lawmakers say Reed told them that he'll remain in the job of majority leader.

Shuster isn't running again after holding the seat since 2001.

An earlier story appears below.

(Harrisburg) -- State House Majority Leader Dave Reed is telling fellow Republicans he won't run again for his seat and plans instead to run for Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in southwestern Pennsylvania.

House Republicans say Reed also told them during a closed-door meeting Monday that he'll remain in the job of majority leader the rest of the year. Reed told Republican Party officials last week that he'll run for Congress, but he hasn't made an official announcement or said publicly whether he's made up his mind.

The 39-year-old Reed's been in office since 2003 and majority leader for three years.

The 9th District, which includes Franklin County, is solidly Republican and Reed could face a crowded GOP primary.

Shuster is stepping down after holding the seat since 2001.

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