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Mica’s ride with Transportation Committee may or may not be over

Mica served a ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration before becoming chairman when Republicans gained control of the House in the 2010 elections.

The Trucker News Services

11/9/2012

WASHINGTON — John Mica may or may not be through as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The Florida Republican is term-limited in the position, but sources said Friday he would meet with Speaker of the House John Boehner next week to discuss  GOP rules that say a member of the House cannot serve more than three consecutive terms as either the ranking member and/or chairman of a committee or subcommittee.

Mica served a ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the last two years of the Bush administration and the first two years of the Obama administration before becoming chairman when Republicans gained control of the House in the 2010 elections.

Earlier this week, Rep. Bill Shuster of Pennsylvania began campaign for the chairman’s role.

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"I look forward to working together to promote competitiveness and economic growth, reform programs, focus our resources where they are needed most, and better manage our federal assets," Shuster wrote in a letter to his colleagues that was posted on his website. "I am prepared to take on the tough challenges ahead and ask for your support to serve as chairman."

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 driven, inclusive leadership and achieved a “strong record of accomplishments.”

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