Barrow to Co-Chair House GA Caucus

Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga), whose district includes the home of Gulfstream, will co-chair the House General Aviation Caucus when legislators reconvene in January. The year-old caucus is one of the largest in the House, with more than 120 members. Barrow will replace Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) as the co-chair of the caucus after Boyd failed in his re-election bid in November. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) represents the GOP as co-chair, replacing Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) who is retiring this year. Barrow's appointment drew praise from GA support groups. Ed Bolen, president of the National Business Aviation Association said, "Congressman Barrow is familiar with the essential role business aviation has in promoting job creation." NBAA expects the Senate's GA Caucus to continue to be headed by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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