“As I look forward to the future, I have had a lot to contemplate as to how to best serve my constituents and the American people over the next year. With much deliberation, consultation with my family, and prayer over the last several weeks, I have decided not to seek election for a 10th term,” Shuster said in a release from his official office.
Shuster has served in Congress for 17 years, and as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for the last five. House Republican rules would make this term Shuster’s last term as chair of the committee.
Shuster’s announcement comes weeks after his campaign released an internal poll showing him with a 40 point lead over his opponent from the last two cycles, Republican Art Halverson.
Halverson will reportedly make an announcement this month about his intentions for next year. State Senators John Eichelberger and Pat Stefano are also reportedly considering a run for the seat.