Jul 1, 2019
Jim Coon is the Senior Vice President of Government
Affairs & Advocacy for the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association representing over 340,000 members. Jim has a
unique resume with extensive experience working in Congress and in
the aviation field.
was raised in Virginia.
graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
with a B.A. in Urban Planning.
college, Jim took an internship working on the Hill, getting his
foot in the door.
worked as a staff member on the Aviation subcommittee in the U.S.
House of Representatives.
transitioned to serve as the Director of Congressional Affairs for
the Air Transport Association
before serving as the Director of
Congressional Affairs for The
then returned to work in the House of Representatives, where he
served as the Republican Staff Director for the Committee on
Transportation and Infrastructure.
2013, he became the Executive Vice President to the National Air
Transportation Association before joining AOPA in 2014.
previously served as an officer in the Army Reserves and the
Virginia National Guard.
The AOPA was founded in 1939,
with the mission to protect an individual’s freedom to fly in the
United States. Many members are people who own their own plane and
enjoy flying. AOPA has consistently been named a top 50 advocacy
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