Bill Shuster
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U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in 2018. Shuster has been the representative for the 9th Congressional District in staunchly Republican southwestern Pennsylvania for the past 17 years and has been the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee the past five. "With much deliberation, consultation with my family, and prayer over the last several weeks, I have decided not to seek election for a 10th term, It was a difficult decision because of my love for this nation and the people I serve." Shuster said he will spend his last year in office focusing 100 percent on working with President Donald Trump and both chambers of Congress in passing a much-needed infrastructure bill. Shuster was first was elected to represent the District 9, which covers Bedford, Blair and portions of Somerset, Huntingdon and Cambria counties, in 2001 after his father Bud resigned the seat. A Shuster has been in the seat since his father was first elected in 1973. The Congressman caught some criticism in 2015 after he admitted to being in a relationship with a airline lobbyist, Shelley Rubino, while serving as Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Art Halvorson, a Democrat who ran against Shuster in 2016, said through a spokesman Tuesday that he will run for the seat.