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Throughout his career in the House, Congressman Bill Shuster has proven himself to be a leader on local and national issues, and an outspoken advocate for the people of the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
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{{Infobox Congressman
|name=Bill Shuster
|birthname = William Shuster
| image name = Bill Shuster, official photo portrait, 2005.JPG
| birth_date = {{birth date and age|1961|1|10|mf=y}}
| birth_place = [[McKeesport, Pennsylvania]]
| state = [[Pennsylvania]]
| district = [[Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district|9th]]
| term_start = May 15, 2001
| preceded = [[Bud Shuster]]
| succeeded = Incumbent
| office2 = Chair of the [[United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure|House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure]]
| term_start2 = January 3, 2013
| preceded2 = [[John Mica]]
| succeeded2 = Incumbent
| committees =
| party = [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican]]
| spouse = Rebecca Shuster
| religion = [[Lutheran]] - [[Evangelical Lutheran Church in America|ELCA]]<ref></ref>
| residence= [[Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania]]
| alma_mater= [[Dickinson College]] <br/>[[American University]]
| occupation= Automobile Dealer; Politician
| signature = Bill Shuster signature.svg
'''William "Bill" Shuster''' (born January 10, 1960) is the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. Representative]] for {{ushr|PA|9}}, serving since 2001. He is a member of the [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican Party]]. He is a son of former Congressman [[Bud Shuster]].
Congressman Shuster is committed to bringing greater opportunity and a better standard of living to the people of the 9th district through his focus on economic development and transportation infrastructure. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Shuster continues to work to secure important funding for roadway projects in the 9th district as well as infrastructure improvements throughout Western Pennsylvania. One of the largest committees in Congress, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee currently has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, roads, mass transit and railroads.
==Early life, education, and early career==
Shuster was born in [[McKeesport, Pennsylvania]], the son of H. Patricia (née Rommel) and Elmer Greinert "Bud" Shuster. His ancestry includes German and Irish.<ref></ref> He graduated from [[Dickinson College]], where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in History. Shuster also became a member of the [[Sigma Chi|Sigma Chi Fraternity]] while at Dickinson. He then earned a [[Master of Business Administration]] from [[American University]].
Prior to entering politics, Shuster worked on his family farm in Bedford County and gained management experience in his roles with Goodyear Tire, Rubber Corporation, and Bandag Incorporated. He also owned and operated an automobile dealership in [ East Freedom], Pennsylvania.
Shuster has served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001. He previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
==U.S. House of Representatives==
After his father, Republican U.S. Congressman [[Bud Shuster]], resigned from congress in January 2001, Bill Shuster ran for [[Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district]]. On February 18, 2001, he won the Republican nomination with 59% of the vote, defeating State Representative [[Patrick Fleagle]] (32%) and [[Blair County, Pennsylvania|Blair County Commissioner]] [[John Eichelberger]] (9%).<ref></ref> On May 15, 2001, Shuster won the special election, defeating Democrat Centre County Commissioner [[Scott Conklin]] 52%-44%. Shuster won nine of the district's eleven counties. Conklin won Centre (58%) and [[Clearfield County, Pennsylvania|Clearfield]] (55%).<ref></ref><ref>{{cite web | title = 2001 Special Election for the 9th Congressional District| work = Commonwealth of PA - Elections Information | publisher = Pennsylvania Department of State | year = 2004 | url =}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|title=Pennsylvania Department of State Election Results|url=}}</ref>
In addition to Congressman Shuster’s expanded role on transportation policy, he continues to be an active voice in support of our Armed Services and a recognized leader on national security matters. Shuster serves on the House Armed Services Committee, which provides him valuable insight into the Global War on Terror and how our military should transform to meet emerging threats, especially the threat of Islamic fundamentalism.
After redistricting, Centre County was taken out of his district. [[Somerset County, PA|Somerset]], [[Cambria County, Pennsylvania|Cambria]], [[Indiana County, Pennsylvania|Indiana]], [[Fayette County, Pennsylvania|Fayette]], and [[Cumberland County, Pennsylvania|Cumberland]] counties were added to his district. In November 2002, he won re-election to his first full term, defeating John R. Henry 71%-29%.<ref></ref>
In addition to his regular committee work, Chairman McKeon named Shuster to serve as the chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense. The Special Panel on Challenges in the Defense Industry has held roundtables across the country with businesses and hearings with DOD personnel in Washington, DC to find out what Congress must do to reduce barriers to entry and expand our national defense industrial base.
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2004}}
Unlike 2002, Shuster was challenged in the Republican primary. He defeated businessman Michael DelGrosso 51%-49% and was never challenged in the Republican primary ever again.<ref></ref> In November, he won re-election to his second full term, defeating Democrat Paul Politis 70%-30%, winning every county in the district.<ref></ref>
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2006}}
Shuster won re-election to his third full term, defeating Democrat Tony Barr 60%-40%. He lost only three counties: Clearfield, Cambria, and Fayette.<ref></ref>
Prior to coming to Congress, Shuster worked on his family’s farm in Bedford County, gained valuable marketing and management experience with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation as well as with Bandag Incorporated where he served as District Manager. He is also an experienced small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership, in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2008}}
Shuster won re-election to his fourth full term, defeating Democrat Tony Barr again, 64%-36%. This time he won all fourteen counties.<ref></ref>
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2010}}
Shuster won re-election to his fifth full term, defeating Democrat Tom Conners 73%-27%, winning all fourteen counties.<ref></ref>
Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on January 10, 1961. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. Shortly thereafter he went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from American University in Washington, D.C.
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2012}}
After redistricting, the 9th moved even further to the west, gaining [[Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania|Westmoreland]], [[Greene County, Pennsylvania|Greene]], and [[Washington County, Pennsylvania|Washington]] counties. Shuster won re-election to his sixth full term, defeating Democrat Karen Ramsburg 62%-38%.<ref></ref>
{{See also|United States House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania, 2004}}
Shuster has done more work over the course of the first few months of 2014 than he has previously to appear more conservative based on his voting record.<ref name=""></ref> The 2014 election brings the greatest challenge that Shuster has ever faced polls such as the one done by the Tribune-Democrat on April 30, 2014 show that Halvorson has a substantial lead over the Congressman which is not something that has happened previously. Art Halvorson is also seeking the Republican nomination. This has caused a full reversal of Shuster's traditional positions. In the first months of 2014 Shuster had only a 38% <ref name=""/> approval rating by Freedom Works a grassroots, conservative organization. In 2013 the peak of his approval rating only reached 57% and in 2012 was a revealing 45% approval rating and in 2011 only reaching 68% approval from the conservative icon. This is a familiar pattern for the career politician. Shuster was forced to work desperately hard in 2004, when he was challenged for his seat by Michael DelGrosso. Shuster won by only 2% of the vote, thanks to desperate measures to improve his image then also.<ref name=""/>
Congressman Shuster resides in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
He has done all in his power to avoid a debate with Art Halvorson. Only after his failure to elude such an encounter has he agreed to appear in only the most favorable of situations, where his campaign maintains control.<ref></ref>
If Shuster has any hopes of winning the 2014 Primary election in his district, he needs to appear conservative; an ideal that he simply cannot reach. Desperate to pull this off, the incumbent brought in the influential Michele Bachman in early April to the voters of his conservative district.<ref name=""></ref> It is well known, even by Bill Shuster that he does not hold enough support in Blair County, home to Shuster and the largest number of registered voters in Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, to make such effort worthwhile.<ref></ref> This fact made it necessary to bring in fellow Congressman Michele Bachmann under the guise of a fund raiser for the Blair County Republican Party. An illusion immediately realized as registered Republicans began to scowl at Rep. Bachmann's statements supporting the incumbent. Republicans of the county went as far as refusing to have any photos with Michele Bachman if Bill Shuster was also in the picture.<ref name=""/>
Shuster has been a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since being elected in 2001 and was tapped [ Chairman] of the committee for the 113th session of Congress.<ref>{{cite news|title=Shuster will lead US House transportation panel|url=|newspaper=Altoona Mirror|date=November 28, 2012}}</ref> There he will set the committee’s legislative agenda, which focuses on all modes transportation like aviation, maritime, roads, mass transit, and railroads.
Sitting on the House Armed Services Committee as well, Shuster has also been focusing his efforts this session on addressing the wasteful spending on the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) program, which has been deemed too expensive by the Army to complete.<ref>{{cite news|last=Mauriello|first=Tracie|title=Rep. Shuster calls [ missile defense project too costly]|url=|newspaper=Pittsburgh Post Gazette|date=April 12, 2013}}</ref>
Shuster holds a 90.64 percent lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union.<ref>{{cite web|title=The American Conservative Union 2012 Congressional Score Card|url=}}</ref> He is a pro-life advocate evidenced by his consistent 0 percent rating by NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood and his 100 percent rating by the National Right to Life Committee.<ref>{{cite web|title=National Right to Life Committee NRLC Scorecard|url=}}</ref> A strong supporter of gun rights, Shuster has supported the interests of Gun Owners of America and received an A rating from the National Rifle Association in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Shuster does not rate highly with education unions. The National Education Association has given Shuster a grade of F and he was given a rating of 25 percent by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in 2007.<ref name="votesmart">[ Project Vote Smart]</ref>
Shuster has also been recognized by the US Chamber with their “Spirit of Enterprise Award”<ref>{{cite web|title=Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2012|url=|work=March 29, 2012|publisher=U.S. Chamber of Commerce}}</ref> for his support for pro-growth and pro-business policies, the National Tax Limitation Committee<ref>{{cite web|title=National Tax Limitation Committee 112th Congressional Scorecard|url=}}</ref> for his votes for less spending and lower taxes, and the American Farm Bureau Federation<ref>{{cite web|title=AFBF Friend of Farm Bureau: 112th Congress|url=}}</ref> for supporting policies that help farmers.
Shuster recognizes America as a nation of immigrants and he does not support amnesty for illegal aliens. He supports stronger border security with the national guard being deployed on the border. Along with a modernization of the visa program, Shuster desires a stricter set of penalties and incentives for business to hire legal workers.<ref name="housewebsitea">[], I strongly support tougher laws against smugglers and drug traffickers. I also support the deployment of National Guard troops to our borders and believe a physical fence is necessary to truly secure our border.</ref>
On the subject of education, Shuster states that “Congress should set strong and innovative standards for our schools to achieve.” He supports lowering student loan interest rates as a method to increase the amount of students attending post secondary schools. He also supported the “student and Teacher Safety Act” which allows the search of any minor student suspected of holding illegal items in their possession.<ref name="housewebsiteb">[], That is why I supported the "student and Teacher Safety Act." This legislation would allow teachers to conduct the reasonable search of any minor student if they suspect a student may possess a weapon, dangerous material of illegal narcotics.</ref>
Shuster does not have Conservative support within the 9th district.<ref></ref> His establishment voting record<ref name=""/> and recent actions has cast a shadow over his many failed attempts to put any positive light on his time in congress.<ref name=""/>
In over four years, he has publicly met with his constituents in Blair County only once, shamed into doing so by a tidal-wave of public outcry. He simply refuses to meet with the constituents in any assembly that allows questioning and accountability of his record.
Congressman Shuster has voted to raise the debt-ceiling at every opportunity since he has taken office,<ref></ref> except the last (January 3, 2014),<ref name=""/> which he voted against with prior knowledge of house support to pass the measure. This allows him to point to only one incident as ‘evidence’ of being a conservative. Shuster has voted against Obamacare, but fails to mention that he consistently votes to fund it, simply stating that he is powerless to do anything about Obamacare.
Shuster also served as a state co-chair for Governor Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign.<ref>{{cite web|last=Gleason|first=Daniel|title=Romney Holds Tele-Town Hall, Announces PA Leadership|url=|publisher=PoliticsPA|accessdate=September 13, 2012}}</ref>
In May 2013, Congressman Shuster introduced H.R. 2125, the [[No IRS Implementation of Obamacare Act]]. He stated that the [[Internal Revenue Service]] violated the public trust and cannot be relied on to implement the [[Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act]].<ref>{{cite web |url= |title=From the Capitol: Pa. Reps. Todd Rock, Rob Kauffman and U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster |last1=Rock |first1=Todd |date=May 28, 2013 |publisher=The Record Herald |accessdate=27 July 2013}}</ref>
Congressman Bill Shuster sponsored The Water Resources and Redevelopment Act of 2013 (WRRDA). He sponsored this bill from his position as the House Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Increasing the national deficit by nearly 8 Billion dollars. As Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Congressman Shuster stands to gain exponentially as construction and transportation companies will contribute to the Congressman's campaign fund as they compete for contracts on the massive pork barrel spending project. It should be noted that many of these are transportation companies which Congressman Shuster’s brother and father now lobby for.
===Committee assignments===
*'''[[United States House Committee on Armed Services|Committee on Armed Services]]'''
**[[United States House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities|Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities]]
*'''[[United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure|Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure(Chairman)]]
**[[United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Highways and Transit|Subcommittee on Highways and Transit]]
**[[United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials|Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials]]
**[[United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment|Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment]]
===Caucus memberships===
*Army Corps Reform Caucus
*Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus - Co-Chairman<ref name="Co-Chairman of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus made a statement regarding the Black January 1990 in Azerbaijan">{{cite news|title=Co-Chairman of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus made a statement regarding the Black January 1990 in Azerbaijan|url=|accessdate=28 January 2012||date=22 January 2012}}</ref>
*Depot Caucus
*Intelligent Transportation Caucus
*[[United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus|International Conservation Caucus]]
*Older Americans Caucus
*Sportsmen's Caucus
== Legislative activity ==
In January 2014, Congressman Bill Shuster created a bipartisan panel of legislators to examine ways to use public-private partnerships to carry out various types of projects, such as water infrastructure, transportation and economic development, according to ''Ripon Advance''.<ref>(2014-01-21). "[ Shuster seeks to enhance public-private partnerships]". ''Ripon Advance''. Retrieved January 21, 2014.</ref>
===Legislation sponsored===
*[[Home Heating Emergency Assistance Through Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4076; 113th Congress)]] - Shuster introduced this bill on February 25, 2014.<ref name=4076sum>{{cite web|title=H.R. 4076 - Summary|url=|publisher=United States Congress|accessdate=4 March 2014}}</ref> The bill would create an emergency exception to existing [[Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration]] (FMCSA) regulations.<ref name="4076sum"/> The exceptions would allow truckers to drive for long hours if they are delivering home heating fuels, such as [[propane]], to places where there is a shortage.<ref name=PeteColdsnap>{{cite news|last=Kasperowicz|first=Pete|title=Cold snap prompts wave of energy bills|url=|accessdate=5 March 2014|newspaper=The Hill|date=28 February 2014}}</ref> Shuster argued in favor of the bill saying that the bill "will provide relief for millions of Americans suffering from the current propane and home heating fuel emergency."<ref name=EaseAccess>{{cite news|last=Kasperowicz|first=Pete|title=House votes to ease access to home heating oil|url=|accessdate=5 March 2014|newspaper=The Hill|date=4 March 2014}}</ref> According to the Congressman, an "exceptionally cold winter" increased demand on propane, "which is used for heating approximately 12 million homes in the United States."<ref name="EaseAccess"/>
===Legislation supported===
The [[Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014 (H.R. 4005; 113th Congress)]] is a bill that would amend laws that govern the activities of the [[United States Coast Guard]] (USCG), the [[United States Maritime Administration|Maritime Administration]] (MARAD) within the [[United States Department of Transportation|Department of Transportation]], and the [[Federal Maritime Commission]] (FMC).<ref name=4005cbo>{{cite web|title=H.R. 4005 - CBO|url=|publisher=Congressional Budget Office|accessdate=1 April 2014}}</ref> Shuster spoke in favor of the bill, describing it as a bill that "ensures the men and women of the Coast Guard have the tools they need to carry out their critical missions, enforce our laws on U.S. waters and on the high seas, and safeguard our Nation's maritime interests around the world."<ref name=TransportPR>{{cite web|title=Committee Leaders Introduce Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Bill|url=|publisher=House Transportation Committee|accessdate=1 April 2014|author=Jim Billimoria|author2=Justin Harclerode|date=6 February 2014}}</ref>
== External links ==
*[ Congressman Bill Shuster] official U.S. House site
*[ Bill Shuster for Congress]
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