Fireside chat with Representative Sam Graves, moderated by Holly Woodruff Lyons, HWL Aerospace Policy, LLC
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO)
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) is serving his 12th term representing the people of Missouri's Sixth Congressional District.
The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over all modes of transportation – our aviation system, highways and bridges, transit and rail transportation, pipelines, and maritime and waterborne transportation. The Committee also has jurisdiction over wastewater infrastructure, the Nation’s emergency preparedness and response programs, public buildings and federal real estate management, federal economic development agencies, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Sam holds an airline transport pilot license in multi-engine land, commercial license in single engine land and sea, and is type rated in the TBM Avenger and all models of the P-40, P-51, and F4U Corsair. In total, he has logged over 4,500 hours of flight time. Sam owns a 1947 Piper Cub Special, and is partners in a T-6 Texan and Vultee BT-13. He is also restoring a 1943 Beech AT-10.
From 2019 to 2022, Rep. Graves served as the Transportation Committee's lead Republican Member. Before that, he served four years as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and as the Ranking Republican Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. He is also Co-Chair of the House General Aviation Caucus.
From 2009 to 2015, Sam served as Chairman and Ranking Republican Member of the Committee on Small Business, and he continues to serve as a high-ranking Member of the Committee on Armed Services.
Holly Woodruff Lyons
Founder & President, HWL Aerospace Policy, LLC
HWL Aerospace Policy, LLC is a government relations consulting firm that provides clients with strategic counsel and legislative assistance on aerospace policy.
Prior to forming HWL Aerospace Policy, Holly was the Republican Staff Director and Senior Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Aviation. She retired at the end of 2021 after serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff since 2002, where she served in several different capacities, including as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure from 2014-2018.
During her almost 20 years of Hill experience, Holly worked on a number of legislative efforts including every Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board reauthorization bill or law since 2003. She was the lead House drafter and negotiator of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018; the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016; and the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; and the lead House Republican drafter and negotiator of the Aircraft Certification, Safety, and Accountability Act in 2020. Holly also helped draft and negotiate the Airline Safety Act of 2010; the European Union ETS Prohibition Act of 2011; and the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013.
Prior to joining the committee, Holly was an attorney in the FAA’s Office of the Chief Counsel, Airport and Environmental Law Division, and before that, worked in private legal practice and higher education.
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