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Bill Shuster
Bill Shuster.JPG
U.S. House, Pennsylvania, District 9
Incumbent
In office
2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorE. G. Bud Shuster (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedMay 15, 2001
Next primaryMay 20, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$6,015,903
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDickinson College
Master'sAmerican University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1961
Place of birthMcKeesport, Pennsylvania
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$1,136,513.50
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
William "Bill" Shuster (b. January 10, 1961, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Shuster represents Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District. He was first elected in 2001 and most recently won re-election in 2012.[1] He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary, and faced no Democratic opponent in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

He is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Shuster is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Shuster was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. He earned his B.A. from Dickinson College in 1983, and his M.B.A. from American University.[3]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Shuster serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Shuster served on the following committees:[5]

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Shuster's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Bill Shuster endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Shuster voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12][13] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[13] Shuster voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[14][15] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[15] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[16] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Shuster voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[17] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[18] Shuster voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[19]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[20] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Shuster voted for HR 2775.[21]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Shuster voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Shuster voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Elections

2014

See also: Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Shuster is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Shuster ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Pennsylvania's 8th District. He was unopposed in the April 24 Republican primary and faced no Democratic opponent in the November 6 general election.[23]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Pennsylvania in 2012 as 1 of the 10 states that could determine whether Democrats would retake the House or Republicans would hold their majority in 2013.[24] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[24]

2010

On November 2, 2010, Shuster won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tom Conners (D) in the general election.[25]

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shuster is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Shuster raised a total of $6,015,903 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 17, 2013.[32]

Bill Shuster's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $1,674,736
2010 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $852,099
2008 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $988,776
2006 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $110,998
2004 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $1,267,369
2002 US House (Pennsylvania, District 9) Won $1,121,925
Grand Total Raised $6,015,903

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bill Shuster's reports.[33]

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bill Shuster's reports.[34]

Bill Shuster (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2013$284,858.84$496,211.55$(168,733.27)$612,337.12
July Quarterly[36]July 15, 2013$612,337.12$651,974.36$(343,031.29)$921,280.19
October Quarterly[37]October 13, 2013$921,280.19$382,496.39$(141,712.11)$1,162,064.47
Year-End[38]January 31, 2014$1,162,064$550,730$(353,597)$1,359,197
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$1,359,197.39$737,379.09$(844,093.76)$1,252,482.72
Running totals
$2,818,791.39$(1,851,167.43)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Shuster's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Shuster won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, his campaign committee raised a total of $1,674,736 and spent $1,483,252.[40] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[41]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Shuster's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Shuster won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Shuster's campaign committee raised a total of $852,099 and spent $805,206.[42]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shuster is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of June 2013.[43]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[44]

Shuster most often votes with:

Shuster least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Shuster missed 190 of 8,554 roll call votes from May 2001 to April 2013. This amounts to 2.2%, which is the same as the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.[45]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shuster paid his congressional staff a total of $925,293 in 2011. Overall, Pennsylvania ranked 34th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[46]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Shuster's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $613,028 to $1,659,999. That averages to $1,136,513.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Shuster ranked as the 193rd most wealthy representative in 2012.[47]

Bill Shuster Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2012$1,136,513.50
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Shuster ranked 155th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[48][49]

2011

Shuster ranked 135th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[50]

Voting with party

2013

Bill Shuster voted with the Republican Party 97.3% of the time, which ranked 55th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[51]

2011

Bill Shuster voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 64 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[52]

Personal

Bill Shuster is married to Rebecca. They have two children.

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See also

External links

References

  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," November 6, 2012
  2. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "SHUSTER, William (Bill), (1960 - )"
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. Congressman Bill Shuster, Proudly Serving the 9th District of Pennsylvania "Committee Assignments"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Pennsylvania Endorsements," March 13, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Bill Shuster Key Votes," accessed October 15, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  19. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  20. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  21. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  23. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  24. 24.0 24.1 Washington Post, "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" accessed April 25, 2012
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bill Shuster," accessed April 17, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Shuster 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Bill Shuster 2014 Summary reports," accessed October 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Shuster Year-End," accessed February 5, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Open Secrets, "Bill Shuster's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Bill Shuster 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  43. Gov Track, "William “Bill” Shuster," accessed June 19, 2013
  44. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bill Shuster," accessed August 22, 2013
  45. GovTrack, "Bill Shuster," accessed April 17, 2013
  46. LegiStorm, "Bill Shuster," accessed September 18, 2012
  47. OpenSecrets, "Shuster, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  48. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  49. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bud Shuster
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 9
2001–Present
Succeeded by
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