Tue, Nov 16, 2010
Missouri Congressman Is A Pilot From An Area That Relies On
The NBAA said Monday it welcomes the announcement that U.S. Rep.
Sam Graves (R-6-MO) will serve as co-chair of the House General
Aviation (GA) Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes in January
(L-R) Former AOPA CEO Phil Boyer, Congressman
"We are pleased that Congressman Graves
has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation
Caucus in the new Congress," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.
"He has been a tireless advocate on behalf of general aviation
during his service in the House of Representatives. As a pilot and
a representative for a congressional district with rural areas that
rely on general aviation, he will continue to bring a real-world
perspective to his work in the caucus."
Graves will replace retiring Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-3-MI), who
helped form the House GA Caucus and served as its co-chairman.
Ehlers announced that he would be succeeded by Graves in
co-chairing the GA Caucus during the AOPA Aviation Summit, held
last week by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in Long
Graves was re-elected to a sixth term in the national elections
held earlier this month. He serves on the House Aviation
Subcommittee and is expected to serve as chairman of the House
Committee on Small Business in the next Congress. Graves's
Democratic counterpart on the GA Caucus is expected to be named in
the near future; the position is currently held by Rep. Alan Boyd
(D-2-FL), who will not be returning in the new Congress.
Congressman Sam Graves
The House GA Caucus has over 120 members, making it among the
largest caucuses in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers in the
House and Senate formed GA Caucuses in 2009, to inform members and
staff about the importance of GA to the nation's economy and
It is expected that the Senate General Aviation Caucus will
continue to be led by Senators Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mike Johanns
(R-NE) in the new Congress. There are currently 31 members of the
Senate GA Caucus.
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