Politically Correct? Post-Election Prognosis For GA

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Last week's elections were not only important from a partisan point of view, but a potentially big deal for general aviation as well. AOPA's legislative affairs department reports that of the candidates supported by AOPA, 90 percent were elected to serve in the 108th Congress. In the House, 93 percent of the AOPA-supported candidates were elected, while in the Senate, 78 percent of supported candidates won their seat on Capitol Hill. "This is a victory for general aviation," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Several key friends who are pilots, such as Sen. Jim Inhofe (R- Okla.), Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.), and Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) are returning to Congress. And several new pilot members of Congress, including four AOPA members newly elected to the House of Representatives, are coming on board." Of AOPA's congressional buddies not re-elected, Georgia Democrat Sen. Max Cleland lost his seat to Republican Congressman Saxby Chambliss. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- who has not always agreed with AOPA -- will take the gavel from Senator Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) to chair the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which oversees the Department of Transportation and FAA, and authors the legislation on spending limits for those agencies.