Pennoni Perspective Volume 23 • Issue 1 • Spring 2019 - Page 5

Pennoni honors Bill Shuster Former Congressman recognized for his commitment to infrastructure Pennoni is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2019 Ellipse Award was former Congressman Bill Shuster, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The Ellipse Award is bestowed annually to a member of the community who has improved the quality of life through pioneering or innovative approaches to infrastructure development or redevelopment. Mr. Shuster received the award at the annual Ellipse Gala on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Shuster earned a reputation for effectively working in his own conference and across the aisle to improve America’s infrastructure. During his tenure, Bill was one of the most respected members of Congress while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. His public service career was devoted to fostering, promoting, and expanding economic opportunities across the country. Public Buildings and Emergency Management, and then as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. Mr. Shuster spearheaded laws for much of our nation’s infrastructure, including the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and multiple Water Resources Developments Acts and authorizations of the United States Coast Guard. His accomplishments before becoming Chairman include the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act; the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act; and serving on the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Shuster developed experience in the private sector, working in marketing and management for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Corporation, and for Bandag Incorporated as District Manager. He then became the successful small business owner and operator of an automobile dealership in East Freedom, Pennsylvania. Bill Shuster’s father Bud was awarded the 2013 Ellipse Award for his time serving as the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee while in Congress. In 2001, Mr. Shuster was elected to Congress to represent the people of Pennsylvania’s 9th Congressional District, and throughout his public service he has proven himself to be a leader on local and national issues. Recognizing the direct link between America’s infrastructure and the strength of our economy, Mr. Shuster immediately sought to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He became Chairman of that Committee in 2013 after previously having served as Chairman of the Sub- committee on Economic Development, PENNONI | 5