Commissioners Announce Congressional Leadership Award Recipient

The ACI-NA Commissioners Committee has selected Senator John Kerry (D-Massachusetts) as the recipient of the 2012 Commissioners Congressional Leadership Award for his ongoing support of the aviation industry. 

Senator Kerry was first elected to the United States Senate in 1984 and has won re-election four times since. Now serving his fifth term, he holds senior positions on the Finance, Commerce, and Small Business Committees. It was in large part due to the Senator’s efforts that private activity bonds (PABs) were exempt from the Alternative Minimum Tax for 2009 and 2010. Congress’ approval of these measures saved the airport industry and local communities over $1.8 billion in financing costs during that time.

Senator Kerry recently authored language supporting a one year extension of the AMT exemption for private activity bonds and was successful in getting the language included in the Highway Trust Fund and Reauthorization which is pending before the U.S. Senate. Senator Kerry remains committed to ensuring this language remains in the final bill.

ACI-NA will present the 2012 Commissioners Congressional Leadership Award to Senator Kerry at the annual ACI-NA Commissioners Reception, scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 in Senate Commerce Committee Room (253 Russell Senate House Office Building).