|Congressman Bud Shuster is a fourteen term Member of the Congress of
the United States who serves as the Chairman of the Committee
on Transportation & Infrastructure, which includes jurisdiction
over highways, transit, railroads, aviation, water resources, economic
development, Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, and public buildings and grounds.
He has been a principal author of much of America's transportation legislation
during the past two decades, which includes the Surface Transportation
Act of 1982, the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance
Act of 1987, and the landmark Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency
Act of 1991 (ISTEA), the most historic transportation legislation since
President Eisenhower and the Congress created the Interstate Highway System
in 1956. ISTEA completed the interstate system and launched the nation
into a new era of transportation. Building on ISTEA, in 1998, Congressman
Shuster authored the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
This most recent legislation is renowned for restoring trust in the Highway
Trust Fund by guaranteeing the revenue from highway users will be used
to fund transportation infrastructure that will carry America successfully
into the next century. TEA-21 will invest $219 billion in highway and transit
systems, and in the process create over 6.6 million jobs by 2003.
During the 106th Congress, Chairman Shuster is pursuing the Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which will modernize our aviation industry and unlock aviation ticket taxes for improvements to our nation's aging aviation infrastructure.
Congressman Bud Shuster has chaired the National Transportation Policy Commission. As Chairman of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, he is a public trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra.
A former Ranking Member of the Select Intelligence Committee, Congressman Shuster served on its Subcommittees on Human Intelligence, Analysis & Counterintelligence, and Technical & Tactical Intelligence.
He has served on the Committee on the Budget and its Defense Task Force; the Committee on Education and the Workforce and its Subcommittee on Higher Education, as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, and as a delegate to NATO's North Atlantic Assembly.
He is the only Pennsylvanian in over half a century to win both Republican and Democratic Congressional nominations eight times.
Congressman Bud Shuster is the recipient of numerous awards, including: "Watchdog of the Treasury Award" for his efforts to control government spending; "Guardian of Small Business Award" for his efforts on behalf of the free enterprise economy; the "Golden Age Hall of Fame Award" for his efforts on behalf of senior citizens; the "National Security Leadership Award" for his support of a strong national defense; the Appalachian Regional Commission's "Gold Medallion" for his support for Federal programs to aid the region; and special awards for the Pennsylvania Academy of Science and the American Society of Highway Engineers.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he was named "Outstanding Senior" of his class, Congressman Shuster holds a MBA from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in management and economics from the American University, as well as an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Saint Francis College. He also served as an U.S. Army Infantry Officer and Counterintelligence Agent. Prior to his election to the U.S. Congress, Bud Shuster was an early participant in the electronic computer industry, being involved in the installation of some of the first large scale UNIVAC computers in America.
He was Vice President of RCA's Electronic Computer Division at the age of 33; becoming Chairman of a computer terminal company and founder of a computer software company at the age of 36.
He is author of the award winning book, "Believing in America," (Morrow, 1983, Paperback Edition - Berkely, 1984) and a novel, "Double Buckeyes," (White Mane Books, 1999), and the only Pennsylvanian ever elected to the U.S. Capitol's prestigious Chowder & Marching Society. Congressman Shuster resides on a farm in Bedford County, Pennsylvania with his wife, Patricia, and family when not in Washington.