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NATCA's President Paul Rinaldi, Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert, our National Executive Board, and your National Legislative Committee are looking forward to you your attendance at NATCA in Washington 2014. We value your activism and commitment during this critical time for our members.Readmore
Attending NATCA in Washington and bringing our message as subject matter experts to our elected officials on Capitol Hill has had a tremendous positive impact on our professions for over two decades. Additionally, our annual legislative gathering in DC serves to strengthen our Union through the many personal relationships and friendships that are built and renewed each year.
Our quarterly update on the great successes taking place in several key NextGen programs. We invite you to read it HERE and also join the discussion on social media at #NextGenNowUS
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) today applauds the full funding of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, as part of the passage of the “Cromnibus” spending bill approved last week. At the same time, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi warns that sequestration remains a threat to the modernization and stability of the National Airspace System (NAS).
Administrator Huerta was sworn in as Administrator of the FAA on January 9, 2013 for a five-year term. Previously, Administrator Huerta served as the FAA’s Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Administrator Huerta is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He oversees a $15.9 billion dollar budget, over 47,000 employees and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best-prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry.
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Senator Kaine was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Prior to being electedto the Senate, Kaine served as Virginia’s 70th Governor from 2006-2010, as well as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 until 2011. He started his carreer serving two terms as Mayor of Richmond, followed by one term as Lieutenant Governor.
Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA-3)
Chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
Congressman Latham represents Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District and has established himself in Washington, D.C. as a champion of fiscal responsibility. He is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, considered to be one of the most influential committees in Congress. In this capacity, the Congressman has provided significant support for transportation projects, including those important to NATCA, and serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD).
Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2)
Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation
Congressman LoBiondo represents New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District. The Congressman is a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. He takes great pride in serving as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation, given its critical importance to the nation. He also sits on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit and the Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation, both of which have jurisdiction over critical issues that affect the growing and ever-changing transportation needs.
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Senator Cardin of Maryland has been a national leader on federal employee issues as a member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In the Senate, Sen. Cardin currently serves on the Environment and Public Works, Finance, Foreign Relations, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship committees. During his tenure, Sen. Cardin has been a vocal supporter of NATCA issues, specifically on issues that impact the federal employee workforce.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)
Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee
Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey represents New York’s 17th Congressional District and is currently serving her 13th term in Congress. At the beginning of the 113th Congress, Rep. Lowey was selected by her colleagues to be the Ranking Democrat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, making her the first woman to lead either party on the committee.
Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA-9)
Chairman, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Chairman Shuster represents the 9th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. He has served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee since coming to Congress in 2001 and was elevated to Chairman of the Committee at the beginning of the 113th Congress. During the FAA furloughs in April 2013, Chairman Shuster led the fight in the House Republican Conference to end the furloughs and put FAA aviation safety professionals back to work.
Matthew McCardle is the Director of Government Operations for Aviation and Transportation at the Boeing Company. Boeing is involved in the design, development, manufacture, sale and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services.
Sharon Pinkerton was named Senior Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Policy for A4A in February 2011. She leads policy development on legislative and regulatory matters, working with Capitol Hill and the Administration. Pinkerton had originally joined A4A as Vice President of Government Affairs in 2006 and was responsible for all aviation-related issues.
Christa Fornarotto joined NBAA as the Vice President of Government Affairs in January 2014 after serving as FAA’s Associate Administrator for Airports. At FAA, she oversaw the office of airports for three years. Prior to joining FAA, Fornarotto served as the U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. On Capitol Hill, Fornarotto served as Legislative Director to Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL-12), who was a member of the House General Aviation Caucus.
Paul Feldman joined GAMA in July 2008 as Vice President of Government Affairs. He is responsible for promoting the interests of GAMA’s members before Capitol Hill and the Administration.
Before joining GAMA, Feldman was with APCO Worldwide where he headed the company’s transport practice in Europe. Prior to joining APCO, Feldman was the FAA’s Director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, based in Brussels.
LeBovidge has served NATCA since 1998 as area representative from 1998-2000; Principal Facility Representative at Houston ARTCC (Local President) from 2000 until present; and Alternate Regional Vice President for NATCA’s Southwest Region from 2003 until present.
NATCA is organized into different geographic regions. Click on the link to find information on your regional Leadership.