U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Thursday that he hopes to be named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, a position formerly held by his father.
In a letter to fellow Republicans, Mr. Shuster, of Blair County, said in his 11 years on the committee he has "demonstrated inclusive leadership and achieved a strong record of accomplishments."
"Transportation is essential to our economy and our future. I am focused on continuing to work together to promote competitiveness and economic growth, reform programs, focus our resources where they are needed most, and better manage our federal assets," he wrote.
Mr. Shuster's father, former U.S. Rep. E.G. "Bud" Shuster, chaired the committee from 1995 to 2001. The current chair, John Mica of Florida, is prohibited from another term by GOP term limit rules for committee chairs.