Bill Shuster, R-Blair, is poised to take over the chairmanship of the powerful House transporation committee next year, following in his father Bud's footsteps. The current chair, John Mica, is term-limited by GOP rules and Shuster is seen as close to John Boehner and other House leaders. (The GOP would also have to stay in the majority, of course.)
Bud Shuster resigned from Congress in 2001 after the same rules made him step down as chair of the powerful, pork-rendering committee. As Roll Call noted last week, Mica is trying to get the rule waived (as is Paul Ryan of the Budget committee).
From Politico today:
He has a jock’s mien, but that belies the smarts and political sense of a savvy institutional player. He has earned praise during his decade in the House for his willingness to take on tough tasks — including acting as a liaison between the leadership and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during the tense and unsuccessful effort to pass a multiyear highway bill.
“Shuster is the ultimate team player,” a former leadership aide told POLITICO. “He has always been willing to help out no matter what it is in terms of the team.”
He is reliably conservative — he earned a 75 percent rating from the American Conservative Union last year — and though he believes in fiscal conservatism, he rejects the tea party ideology of turning transportation spending over to the states.