Shusters separating

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster and his wife, Rebecca, are separating.

The couple, married for 27 years, released a joint statement Thursday.

“This is a very difficult decision for our family, but one that we have reached together amicably,” the statement read. “We will always share a bond with each other through parenting our two wonderful children whom we love and support unconditionally.”

Messages to Shuster’s representatives were not returned, and the family declined to comment further in the statement.

Shuster’s website had not been updated as of press time Thursday and still says he “resides in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.”

Shuster’s family was present at his primary election night party on May 20. He faced two tea party challengers, Art Halvorson and Thomas Schooley, and will run against Democrat Alana Hartzock in the fall.