Shuster confirms retirement

Will not seek re-election after current term expires in 2018

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District plans to retire at the end of his current term in 2018, he told the Washington Examiner today.

The congressman, who has held his seat since his father’s retirement in 2001, told the conservative news outlet he intends to pass a major infrastructure bill in his final year in Congress.

“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,” he told the Examiner.

Questions had swirled regarding Shuster’s 2018 plans, but he suggested late last year that he would seek re-election. His retirement opens the path for several potential newcomers, of whom the winner would be the first in the district outside the Shuster family since 1973.

The Mirror will have more reaction later today and in Wednesday’s print edition.