WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Shuster is the most likely candidate to follow in his father’s footsteps as the next chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, but there are several possible dark horse candidates if current chairman John Mica steps down from the post as expected, according to transportation lobbyists.

Shuster, a Republican from Pennsylvania, is an overwhelming favorite to succeed to the chairmanship as long as his party retains control of the House following this November’s elections. There will almost certainly be a new chairman either way, because of a GOP rule that prevents party members from serving more than a combined six years as chairman or ranking member of a committee.

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