Bud Shuster, congressional ‘king of asphalt,’ dies at 91

Bud Shuster, the former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, passed away on January 24, 2022, at the age of 91. Shuster was known as the “king of asphalt” for his work in securing funding for transportation projects across the country.

Shuster served in the House of Representatives for 28 years, from 1973 to 2001. During his time in Congress, he chaired the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he oversaw the passage of several major transportation bills, including the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century in 1998.

Shuster was a staunch advocate for infrastructure investment, arguing that it was essential for economic growth and job creation. He was particularly passionate about improving the nation’s highways and bridges, and he worked tirelessly to secure funding for these projects.

In addition to his work on transportation issues, Shuster was also a strong supporter of the coal industry and was known for his conservative views on social issues. He was a vocal opponent of abortion and same-sex marriage, and he supported the death penalty.

Despite his conservative views, Shuster was known for his ability to work across the aisle and build bipartisan support for his initiatives. He was respected by both Democrats and Republicans for his dedication to public service and his commitment to improving the lives of his constituents.

Shuster’s legacy lives on through the many transportation projects he helped to fund and the countless jobs he helped to create. His work on infrastructure investment continues to be a model for lawmakers today, as they seek to address the nation’s aging infrastructure and spur economic growth.

In the words of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “Bud Shuster was a giant in Congress, a champion for infrastructure investment, and a dedicated public servant. His leadership and vision continue to inspire us today, and his legacy will endure for generations to come.”