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Pa. Rep. Bill Shuster aiming to chair House Transportation Committee

Shuster (above) has served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001.

The Trucker Staff

11/8/2012

WASHINGTON — And you thought campaigning was over.

Not so for Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who’s actively campaigning for the chairmanship of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The job is open because current Chairman John Mica, R.-Fla., is “term-limited.”

Republican rules say “that no individual shall serve more than three consecutive terms as chairman or ranking member of a standing, select, joint or ad hoc committee or subcommittee beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1997).

Mica was ranking member during the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration and has been chairman during the current Congressional session.

“Leadership demands hard work, experience and a clear vision for the future,” Shuster said in a letter to his colleagues on the committee. “It also requires teamwork, listening to a diverse set of opinions to create consensus and building coalitions based on share principles.”

Shuster noted that in his 11 years on the committee, including eight years of leadership as chairman or ranking member of two key subcommittees, he has demonstrated principle driver, inclusive leadership and achieved a “strong record of accomplishments.

“I am prepared to take on the tough challenges ahead and ask for your support to serve as chairman,” the letter concluded.

Shuster has served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001.

He is currently Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

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