Chairman DeFazio not running in 2022
Position has subtle, but strong influence over FAA
34 years of experience on transportation issue gone
The Chair of the Congressional Committee with primary aviation oversight has announced his intention not to run for the House in the 2022 election. The change will likely result in a different emPHAsis in the administration of the FAA’s programs. This policy alteration will occur certainly if the House switches from a Democratic control to Republican leadership.
[ The campaigns to succeed the Chair have already started
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Though Rep. Graves is likely to want the position if his party assumes control of the house, he announced a significant change in his team
Also see two significant aviation personnel changes at the end ].
Congress has more influence on the daily operations of the Executive Branch than political scientists and constitutional lawyers would assume. In the context of the FAA, the primary source of Hill influence has been the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee with the greatest impact from the Aviation Subcommittee.
Chairman DeFazio had the tenure on this Committee and the firm grasp on his Members to expertly insert his legislative scalpel into 800 Independence without drawing blood or even major objections from the “patient.”
He served as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure since January 2015, and has been a member of the Committee since he first came to Congress in 1987. During his time on the Committee, he has served as Chairman or Ranking Member of four of the six subcommittees: Aviation, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, Highways and Transit, and Water Resources and Environment. DeFazio has taken a lead role on several multi-billion-dollar surface transportation and FAA reauthorization bills, and worked to strengthen safety and worker protections, including Buy America.
Chair DeFazio’s decision received strong admiration from the aviation community–
“For nearly four decades, Chair DeFazio has served the people of Oregon with dedication and distinction. His passion for issues of importance, including infrastructure investment, has fueled tremendous progress for airports, the nation’s transportation system, and the entire country. His voice will be missed in the halls of Congress, but his legacy will live on for generations to come. I am personally grateful for his leadership and his friendship over the 30 years I have had the privilege of working with him.” TODD HAUPTLI
“Chairman DeFazio has long been a champion of critical transportation and infrastructure priorities, and his leadership on these issues has helped to strengthen and keep our country moving forward,” said ACI-NA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “His work in Congress — including his creation of the Passenger Facility Charge to fund airport infrastructure projects and passage of the recent ‘once-in-a-generation’ bipartisan infrastructure bill — will have a lasting impact on our aviation infrastructure, the health of our economy, and the mobility of all Americans for years to come. We appreciate his years of service and his partnership in advancing policies that benefit our airports and all those who travel through them. We look forward to continuing our work with Chairman DeFazio throughout the remainder of his term.”
“For nearly four decades, Chair DeFazio has served the people of Oregon with dedication and distinction. His passion for issues of importance, including infrastructure investment, has fueled tremendous progress for airports, the nation’s transportation system, and the entire country. His voice will be missed in the halls of Congress, but his legacy will live on for generations to come. I am personally grateful for his leadership and his friendship over the 30 years I have had the privilege of working with him.”
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA),
called DeFazio “a passionate advocate and fierce champion for aviation safety, transportation labor, and the front-line workers.” NATCA in 2008 recognized DeFazio with its James L. Oberstar Sentinel of Safety Award.
Said NATCA president Rich Santa: “The 20,000 aviation safety professionals that NATCA represents owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Chairman DeFazio, who has had their backs at all times, fighting for them and for the safety of the National Airspace System.”
“Congressman DeFazio has been extraordinarily thoughtful, thorough, and hard-working in everything in which he has been involved, including an in-depth understanding of, and appreciation for, matters affecting our national aviation community,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “I believe his tenure in Congress reflects the very dedication to policy and public service the framers of the Constitution must have had in mind when establishing the House of Representatives.
Updated 3:46 PM ET, Wed December 1, 2021
(CNN)Rep. Peter DeFazio, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee, announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection in 2022, the latest in a long stream of House Democrats leaving Congress at the end of their terms.
“With humility and gratitude, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election next year,” DeFazio said on Twitter.
DeFazio is at least the 19th Democrat to announce plans to leave the House this cycle, compared to 11 Republicans in the chamber. Democrats hold a slim majority in the chamber, and face an uphill battle in trying to maintain their control of the House during next year’s midterm elections.
Before coming to Congress, he served in the Air Force Reserve, worked as a congressional staffer and was a county commissioner in Oregon. In addition to his work on transportation, DeFazio previously served as the ranking member on the Natural Resources Committee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited DeFazio’s work on the recently passed bipartisan infrastructure bill as part of his “Chairman DeFazio is known and respected by all as a champion of sustainable, smart and green infrastructure, whose progressive values, passion and persistence have helped rebuild America and the middle class,” Pelosi said.
Two Significant Aviation Personnel Actions
 Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX); John Yarmuth (D-KY); Tom Suozzi (D-NY); G.K. Butterfield (D-NC): Jackie Speier (D-CA); Mike Doyle (D-PA); David Price (D-NC); Ron Kind (D-WI); Cheri Bustos (D-IL); Filemon Vela (D-TX); Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ); Peter Welch (D-VT); Conor Lamb (D-PA); Val Demings (D-FL); Tim Ryan (D-OH);Charlie Crist (D-FL);Anthony G. Brown (D-MD);Karen Bass (D-CA)
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