Bill Shuster announced today that he will be seeking an 8th term in office, representing Pennsylvania’s 9th congressional district, which covers parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
“I am proud to represent Central and Southwestern Pennsylvania in Congress, and I am seeking reelection to continue implementing a conservative agenda that cuts spending and reduces the size of government,” said Congressman Shuster.
The Congressman will once again be facing primary challenger Art Harveston, who ran against him last time. His other 2014 challenger, Travis Schooley, has yet to announce his intentions.
Previously, it was thought that 2012 GOP Senate nominee Tom Smith would challenge Shuster, but he dropped out for health reasons. Harveston has since dedicated his campaign to Smith, who passed away last October.
The PA-9 is an R+14 seat, meaning whoever wins the primary will ultimately win the seat. In 2014, Shuster won the primary with 53% of the vote, and the general election with 63% of the vote over Democrat Alanna Hartzok.
The seat has been represented by a Shuster since 1973, when Bill’s father Bud, also a former Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, first won election.