U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R.- Hollidaysburg, this afternoon was selected as chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, a position that elevates him to the highest ranking Pennsylvania congressman.
In Congress since 2001, Shuster’s 9th Congressional District represents 11 counties including parts of Cambria and Somerset.
He sought the leadership position after current T&I committee chairman John Mica of Florida was unable to serve a seventh year, the result of GOP term limits.
The 52-year old Shuster, who was raised in Bedford County, follows in the footsteps of his father, Bud Shuster, who served as chairman of the powerful committee from 1995 until his retirement in 2001.
The younger Shuster has been a member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for 11 years and chairman of the subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, Energy and Management.
Shuster will discuss his selection as chairman with the media later this afternoon.
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