2018-01-11 / Front Page

Shuster Won’t Run Again

Halvorson to make third bid for 9th District seat
By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Rep. Bill Shuster Rep. Bill Shuster After nine terms serving Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, U.S. Congressman Bill Shuster announced last Tuesday that he will not be seeking re-election. The news came as a surprise because as recently as November Shuster had indicated his intention to remain in Congress.

Congressman Shuster said that he wants to put all of his focus into chairing the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which he has been a part of since 2001. 2017 was his fifth year as the committee chair, and according to House rules, 2018 will be his sixth and final year as chairman. During the last five years, Shuster, a Republican, has been working on developing a plan to encourage major investments in the nation’s highways, pipelines, trains, and airports.

“… It was a difficult decision because of my love of this nation and the people I serve. Rather than focusing on a reelection campaign, I thought it wiser to spend my last year as chairman focusing 100 percent on working with President Trump and my Republican and Democratic colleagues in both chambers to pass a much-needed infrastructure bill to rebuild America.”

Shuster has worked to become a distinguished voice in support of American Armed Services and a recognized leader on national security matters. In addition he also serves on the House Armed Services Committee.

He was also named 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.

Bill Shuster is the second generation of Shusters who have held the 9th District seat. His father, Bud Shuster, represented the district from 1973 until 2001, when he chose, like his son, to retire suddenly after a sixth term.

With the news of Shuster’s retirement, Art Halvorson, who ran and lost against Shuster in the 2016 primary, quickly announced plans to make a bid for Shuster’s seat. If elected Halvorson, a tea party conservative from Mann’s Choice, Bedford County, says he is committed to putting term limits on Congress, defunding and repealing Obamacare, working on securing borders, continuing to defund Planned Parenthood, and restructuring ‘fair-trade’ deals to include fair-trade protections for America’s steel, coal, auto, rail, timber, and manufacturing structures.

Halvorson is a Coast Guard veteran, with a bachelor’s degree from the United States Coast Guard Academy, a master’s degree from the U.S. Air War College, and an M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary. He served in the Coast Guard until his retirement, when he opened up a real estate business.

Young Republican Benjamin Dayton Hornberger has also thrown his hat into the ring. Hornberger, a 23-year-old from Shippensburg, is an avid supporter of President Trump. He is most known for shooting himself in the leg during a free speech rally in 2016 at the Gettysburg National Military Park.

Moreover, his lack of political experience and age may stand in his way. According to the Constitution, a member of Congress must be the minimum age of 25. If elected, the only loophole that might allow Hornberger to take the congressional seat would be under Article 1 Section 5 of the Constitution, in which Congress may give the authority to seat members-elect even if they don’t meet the age requirements.

Other candidates include Republican Travis Schooley from Waynesboro and Democrat Adam Sedlock from Chalk Hill.

Shuster is one of eight Republican House committee chairmen to announce that he will not seek re-election.

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