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James W. Coon

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Advocacy

Jim is responsible for the implementation of AOPA’s political, legislative and regulatory initiatives before Congress, federal agencies and state legislatures.

Jim has over three decades of experience working with Congress and the aviation industry. He held the role of staff director for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and also as the majority staff director for the House Aviation Subcommittee. Additionally, Jim served in leadership roles for the National Air Transportation Association, The Boeing Company and the Air Transport Association (now A4A).

Jim received a degree in Urban Planning from Virginia Tech and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and Virginia Army National Guard.  Jim is a student pilot.  He and his wife Sara and their three children reside in Falls Church, VA.