House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Announces Retirement
January 3, 2018
Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced that he would not seek re-election at the end of the 115th Congress, what will be his ninth-term in office. Congressman Shuster has served as the head of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee for six years and helped shepherd passage of the FAST Act, transportation reauthorization legislation that increased and guarantees highway and transit funding through 2020. Regardless of his retirement, this year was to be Representative Shuster’s last year as Chairman. House Republican policy only allow Members of Congress to lead Committees for a specific amount of time. In his statement, Chairman Shuster pledged to work tirelessly to end his tenure with the passage of an infrastructure package.
Initial indications are that either Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), or Congressman Jeff Denham (R-CA) will take over the panels top spot for Republicans next Congress.
ACT Executive Director David Straus had the following to say:
“ACT salutes Chairman Shuster for his many years of service to his constituents and most importantly for his work to improve our nation’s transportation system. ACT would like to thank him for his service and pledges to work with him towards the passage of an infrastructure package that increases mobility for commuters, supports economic growth and improves safety and livability of our communities!”