FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 23, 2015
Devin Osting (AAAA): (202) 223-9523
Representatives Sam Graves and Marc Veasey Named Co-Chairs of the House General Aviation Caucus
Washington, DC – Today, the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) released the following statement in response to the announcement that Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) and Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX) will serve as co-chairs of the General Aviation Caucus in the United States Senate.
“We are thrilled that Congressman Graves and Congressman Veasey will be leading the House General Aviation Caucus,” said Selena Shilad, Executive Director of the Alliance for Aviation Across America. “Congressman Veasey has been long-time supporter of general aviation, and Congressman Graves has been a co-chair of the Caucus since 2011. We look forward to continuing our work with the Caucus to protect general aviation as a vital resource to communities across the country.”
According to a 2006 Merge Global study, general aviation supports 1.2 million jobs and $150 billion in economic impact. In Missouri, general aviation contributes more than $857 million to the state’s economy, while in Texas, general aviation contributes more than $14.5 billion to the state. In addition, general aviation and local airports support emergency medical and healthcare services, law-enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief throughout the country.
Formed in 2007, the Alliance for Aviation Across America is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of over 6,000 individuals representing businesses, agricultural groups, FBO’s, small airports, elected officials, charitable organizations, and leading business and aviation groups that support the interest of the general aviation community across various public policy issues.