Graves Not Looking For FAA Job


Rep. Sam Graves’s office says they first heard that he was being considered to head the FAA in news reports last week. The long-time Missouri Republican, pilot and co-chair of the House general aviation caucus, was among three short-listed candidates named by Axios in a story last week that focused on President Donald Trump’s alleged suggestion of his personal pilot John Dunkin to head the agency. The FAA has been without an administrator since January when Michael Huerta retired. Since then Assistant Administrator Dan Elwell has commanded the eighth floor and he was the third name on the Axios list.

Graves spokesman Suzanne Youngblood told the Kansas City Star it’s possible Axios confused the FAA rumor with Graves’ publicly stated goal to become the next head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The current chairman, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., is retiring at the end of his current term. Shuster was also the architect of a failed move to corporatize the air traffic control system. Shuster pulled that language from the current FAA reauthorization bill last week saying he didn’t have the votes to carry it.