Bill Shuster

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Bill Shuster
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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 generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sDickinson College
Master'sAmerican University
Personal
BirthdayJanuary 10, 1961
Place of birthMcKeesport, Pennsylvania
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Net worth$1,222,016
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
William "Bill" Shuster (b. January 10, 1961) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Pennsylvania. Shuster represents Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district and was first elected in 2001.

He ran for re-election in 2012, and won.[1] Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shuster is a "moderate Republican leader".[2]

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

Political positions

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. [6]

Specific votes

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 one 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.[7]

Elections

2012

See also: Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

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

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

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.[10]

Full history


Campaign donors

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.[17]

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.[18]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania Congressional District 9 Election, 2010 - Bill Shuster Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $852,099
Total Spent $805,206
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Bill Shuster's campaign committee
New Enterprise Stone & Lime$21,300
Norfolk Southern$11,500
Union Pacific Corp$11,000
Berkshire Hathaway$10,000
Comcast Corp$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Railroads$49,000
Building Materials & Equipment$48,400
Electric Utilities$44,400
Construction Services$36,250
General Contractors$31,566

Analysis

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. [19]

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.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Shuster's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $675,033 and $1,769,000. That averages to $1,222,016, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 0.62% from 2010.[21]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Shuster's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $674,033 to $1,755,000. That averages to $1,214,516.50 which was lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[22]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2012, Shuster ranked 155th among Republican Representatives in the conservative rankings.[23][24]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2011, Shuster ranked 135th among Republican members of the U.S. House in the conservative rankings.[25]

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bill Shuster has voted with the Republican Party 94.1% of the time, which ranked 64 among the 242 House Republican members as of December 2011.[26]

Recent news

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Personal

Bill Shuster is married to Rebecca. They have 2 children.

External links

References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. Gov Track "William “Bill” Shuster" Accessed April 19, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "SHUSTER, William (Bill), (1960 - )"
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Congressman Bill Shuster, Proudly Serving the 9th District of Pennsylvania "Committee Assignments"
  6. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Pennsylvania Endorsements," March 13, 2012
  7. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  8. Pennsylvania Department of State "2012 General Primary Unofficial Returns," April 24, 2012
  9. 9.0 9.1 Washington Post "The 10 states that will determine control of the House in 2012" Accessed April 25, 2012
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Bill Shuster's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Bill Shuster 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  19. GovTrack, "Bill Shuster," Accessed April 17, 2013
  20. LegiStorm, "Bill Shuster," Accessed September 18, 2012
  21. OpenSecrets.org, "Bill Shuster, (R-Pa), 2011"
  22. OpenSecrets.org, "Bill Shuster (R-Pa), 2010," Accessed September 18, 2012
  23. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  24. National Journal, "TABLE: House Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013
  25. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  26. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Bud Shuster
U.S. House of Representatives - Pennsylvania, District 9
2001–Present
Succeeded by
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