House Committee Chairman Endorses Donald Trump

Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster on Thursday announced his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A delegate to the Republican National Convention and the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Shuster said he made his announcement after voters in his southern Pennsylvania district voted for Trump in Tuesday’s primary.

“Donald is a private sector business leader who knows what it takes to get things done – and that is something that Washington desperately needs. Donald also shares my passion for economic development, including making sure our nation’s infrastructure meets the needs of our citizens,” he said in a statement issued by the Trump campaign. “It’s time for our party to unite behind Donald Trump and focus our time and energy on defeating Hillary Clinton.”

With 56.7 percent of the statewide vote, Trump won every county in Pennsylvania and all of its 17 delegates on Tuesday night. On the same day, Shuster had a tough primary in which he ultimately beat his Republican opponent with with just more than 1,000 votes to spare.

On the same day, retiring Florida Republican Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee, also endorsed the Republican front-runner, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

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