The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has named Julia Krauss as vice president of Legislative Affairs. Krauss was previously AOPA's legislative affairs director. She has been serving as interim manager of AOPA's Washington, D.C., office since November 2001.
"Julia is a vital resource in AOPA's advocacy efforts in Congress," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "Her experience and contacts within the U.S. Senate are particularly valuable to representing the interests of general aviation before our national lawmakers."
Krauss will report to Andy Cebula, AOPA's senior vice president of government and technical affairs. This is an added responsibility for Cebula; the Washington office previously reported to Boyer. "These changes bring their individual experience together for a streamlined and seamless approach that will be more effective on Capitol Hill," Boyer said.
Krauss oversees a four-person office of legislative specialists. Now that Congress is back in session, their highest priorities will be to work with Congress for passage of a relief package for general aviation businesses hurt by the airspace closures following September 11; to see the Chicago airports bill preserving Meigs Field signed into law; to continue working on comprehensive airport land use legislation; and to advance AOPA's priorities in FAA spending and in the new FAA Reauthorization Act. The current act, AIR-21, authorizes some $40 billion in funding for federal aviation programs through 2003.
Prior to joining AOPA, Krauss worked on aviation issues as a staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in 1999 and 2000. She also worked for Sen. Fritz Hollings (D-S.C.) for three years and has experience with Jefferson Waterman International, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Department of the Navy.
Originally a resident of Summerville, South Carolina, Krauss is a graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
AOPA was founded in 1939 to help members keep their flying safe, fun, and affordable. Today, some 380,000 pilots—well over half of all active aviators—are members of AOPA, the world's largest civil aviation organization.