Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, will not seek re-election in November, telling the Washington Examiner that he wants to focus exclusively on working with President Trump to pass a massive infrastructure bill before he retires.
The western Pennsylvania Republican, who has held the seat since 2002, said he does not want campaigning or anything else to get in the way of helping Trump get this major piece of legislation passed by Congress in 2018. “I thought it was the best decision for me to focus 100 percent on my final year as the chairman of the Transportation Committee, working with the president and other Democrats and Republicans to pass an infrastructure bill, which is much needed to rebuild America,” Shuster said.
It was something he’d given a lot of thought to for months as he faced the final year of his chairmanship at transportation, a position his father, former Rep. Bud Shuster, held before him.
He told the Washington Examiner he could focus on working with both parties better if he didn’t have to worry about running to hold his seat in a primary and general election.
Read more at the Washington Examiner.