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Longtime GA Supporter in U.S. House to Retire

Jerry Costello
Rep. Jerry Costello, shown here speaking to aviators at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008, has been a very active GA supporter in Congress. (EAA photo)

October 5, 2011 – U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL), who has been a longtime general aviation supporter and advocate in the House of Representatives, announced this week that he will not seek a 12th term in Congress in 2012.

“I said when I was elected in 1988 and many times since that I did not intend to stay in Congress forever as I had other interests that I wanted to pursue,” said Costello, who is currently the ranking Democratic member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation.

Rep. Costello was among lawmakers who made regular trips to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to meet aviators and discuss important issues with them. He served as chairman of the aviation subcommittee in recent years and encouraged its members to attend AirVenture to discover more about aviation.

“We wish Representative Costello the best following his retirement from Congress next year, with thanks for all of his efforts on behalf of general aviation,” said Doug Macnair, EAA’s vice president of government relations. “His presence and knowledge will be missed on Capitol Hill as GA faces future challenges and opportunities.”

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