General aviation interests are hailing the growth of the House General Aviation Caucus, which has reached a record total of 200 members of the House of Representatives, making it one of the largest and most active caucuses in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus–and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate–serves as an informal group of lawmakers, assembled to promote the role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Both caucuses work to inform debates about policies affecting the general aviation community.
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) became the 200th member on July 18. The House GA Caucus is co-chaired by Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.). Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mike Johannes (R-Neb.) lead the Senate GA Caucus.
“The growth in both caucuses shows that our industry has a strong core of support among not only incumbent lawmakers, but also among the lawmakers elected for the first time in last November’s elections,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “[The] caucus underscores the bipartisan recognition on Capitol Hill that general aviation creates jobs, provides a transportation lifeline to communities across the country, helps businesses succeed and supports people and communities in times of crisis.”