The recipient of the 2013 Ellipse Award is Bud Shuster, M.C. (Ret.), 15-term Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Pennsylvania’s 9th district from 1973-2001. As a congressman, Bud has played a pivotal role in improving our nation’s transportation systems.
Bud won both the Republican and Democratic nominations nine times, a feat never before achieved in Pennsylvania’s history. America’s infrastructure was of paramount concern to Bud in his years in Congress, and Pennsylvania’s infrastructure has him to thank for the funding of numerous projects that improved the flow of commerce across the state, including Interstate 99. He was the principal author of much of the transportation, infrastructure, and economic development legislation during his terms, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the Aviation Trust Fund (AIR-21).These historic pieces of legislation unlocked the federal transportation trust funds to improve America’s transportation systems, as well as the Everglades Restoration Project, the largest environmental restoration project in history.
From 1995 to 2001, Bud served as the Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee - the largest committee in congress. Bud also served as the ranking member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he authored legislation to strengthen U.S. intelligence capabilities; as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee; on the Budget Committee; as a delegate to NATO’s North Atlantic Assembly; as a member of the Bretton-Woods Committee advising World Bank and International Monetary Fund; and as a Trustee of the Kennedy Center where he is currently a Trustee Emeritus. He has received more than 130 awards for his congressional service, including a special award from the Central Intelligence Agency for his contributions to national security.
Bud is also the author of several articles on transportation, economic development, and national security, as well as five books including the award-winning Believing in America, and four novels.
Bud’s legacy of success will benefit generations of Americans to come. His championing of infrastructure as a leading driver for our nation’s position as a world-class center of business and industry, as well as his ability to lead change to make that vision a reality, are among the reasons he has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Ellipse Award.