At a Glance
- Career History: President and General Manager, Shuster Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Five Star Car Dealership (1990-2001); Manager, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Corp.; District manager, Bandag IncorporatedBirthday: January 10, 1961
- Hometown: Hollidaysburg, Pa.
- Alma Mater: Dickinson College, B.A. (1983); American University, M.B.A. (1987)
- Spouse: Rebecca Shuster
- Religion: Lutheran
- Committees: Armed Services ; Natural Resources ; Transportation and Infrastructure
- DC Office: 204 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-2431
- State/District Office: Somerset, 814-443-3918; Hollidaysburg, 814-696-6318; Chambersburg, 717-264-8308; Indiana, Pa., 724-463-0516
Path to Power
Born in 1960 in McKeesport, Pa., Shuster is the son of Bud Shuster, a wealthy businessman who represented central Pennsylvania in the House from 1973 to 2001.
While Shuster had largely avoided the political world of his father, they two spheres were nonetheless intertwined. A graduate of Dickinson College and American University's business school, Bill Shuster opened a Chrysler dealership in 1990 in Altoona, Pa., with the help of Maurice Lawruk, a developer and a contributor to Bud Shuster's campaigns who guaranteed a lease on the dealership's initial site.
During the 111th Congress, Shuster voted with fellow Republicans 94 percent of the time, ranking him in the middle in terms of party loyalty.
The Pennsylvania Republican waged an unsuccessful campaign against Berkeley, Calif., in hopes of stripping its federal appropriations funding after its city council told Marine recruiters in 2008 they were "unwanted and unwelcome intruders." "Berkeley has long been ground zero for radicals and leftist zealots," Shuster said in a statement.
Shuster and Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, are the two most prominent House GOP members advocating for developing the nation's rail system.