Washington, DC, November 22, 2010 – National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today welcomed the announcement that Rep. John Barrow (D-12-GA) will serve as Democratic Co-Chairman of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when Congress convenes in early January.
“Congressman Barrow is very familiar with the essential role business aviation has in promoting job creation,” Bolen noted. “His congressional district includes Savannah, Georgia, which is home to Gulfstream, a major business aircraft manufacturer, and is also a base of operation for companies whose business model depends on access to general aviation airplanes. We are confident that he will be an effective champion for our industry and its priorities, and we look forward to working with him and the rest of the GA Caucus.”
Barrow was re-elected to a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives this month and currently serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He will join Rep. Sam Graves (R-6-MO) in leading the caucus during the next Congressional session. Last week, Graves was chosen to replace the retiring Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-3-MI) in co-chairing the caucus.
As GA Caucus Co-Chair, Barrow will replace Rep. Allen Boyd (D-2-FL), who helped create the caucus and has served as co-chairman since its inception. Boyd was defeated in the recent elections.
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 transportation system.
It is expected that the Senate GA Caucus will continue to be led by Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK) and Mike Johanns (R-NE). There are currently 31 members of the Senate GA Caucus, and to see a current state-by-state listing of Senate and House GA Caucus members, visit www.nbaa.org/advocacy/ga-caucus.
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Founded in 1947 and based in Washington, DC, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their businesses more efficient, productive and successful. The Association represents more than 8,000 companies and provides more than 100 products and services to the business aviation community, including the NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention, the world‘s largest civil aviation trade show. Learn more about NBAA at www.nbaa.org.
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