Meet the Chairman


Congressman Bill Shuster represents the hard-working people and small communities of Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Ninth Congressional District.

This region played an important role in the growth of the Nation’s railroad industry, and because of the importance of transportation to the region and the Nation’s economy, Shuster has focused on improving our infrastructure since his first days in Congress.

As a result of his proven leadership on these issues in the House of Representatives, Shuster was selected by his colleagues to chair the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the 113th Congress.

The Committee, one of the largest in Congress, has broad jurisdiction over all modes of transportation, including aviation, maritime and waterborne transportation, highways, bridges, mass transit, and railroads, as well as other aspects of our national infrastructure.

Infrastructure is the backbone of our economy, and as Committee Chairman, Shuster is committed to strengthening America’s national transportation and infrastructure network to make us more efficient, more competitive, and more prosperous.  

Shuster has been a member of the Transportation Committee since coming to Congress in 2001.  He previously served as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, as well as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.

In addition to Congressman Shuster’s prominent role on transportation policy, he continues to be an active voice in support of our Armed Services and is a recognized leader on national security matters.  As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Shuster serves on the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities and in the 112th Congress was the Chairman of a special panel to investigate the challenges small and medium sized businesses face in doing business with the Department of Defense.  This panel’s work led to National Defense Authorization Act provisions to help reduce barriers to entry for businesses and to expand our national defense industrial base.

Bill Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania and grew up in Bedford County, Pennsylvania working on his family’s farm.  After graduating from Everett High School, he attended Dickinson College in Carlisle, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.  He went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from American University in Washington, D.C.

Before beginning his career in public service, Shuster gained years of private sector experience, working in marketing and management with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation, and rising to District Manager for Bandag Incorporated.  He was also a successful small business owner, having owned and operated an automobile dealership in East Freedom, Pennsylvania.

Shuster and his wife reside in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and have two children.