SWAMP: House Transportation chief plans to stay in Congress despite term limits on chair


House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) says he plans to remain in Congress after he’s done holding the gavel next year, even as a number of his fellow term-limited chairmen head for the exits.

Shuster, who took the helm of the Transportation panel in 2013 and is set to lose that position at the end of this Congress, tells The Hill that it’s his “intention” to stay put, noting that he has seniority on the House Armed Services Committee.

“My intention is to stick around. I’ve got some other opportunities. I’m pretty senior on the Armed Services Committee,” he said. “[Chairman] Mac Thornberry has another term, but I’m on the top prong there, and I’ve demonstrated that I can get things done.”

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) each announced this week that they will not seek reelection in 2018, with both lawmakers citing their expiring chairmanship as one reason for their retirement.

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