As a Senator from Washington state, I have been sounding the alarm about a declining domestic aerospace industry for years.  I am committed to ensuring the U.S. remains the world leader in the aerospace industry by maintaining national security, improving American aerospace infrastructure and investing in research and development.

I strongly believe that Congress must act to renew the emphasis on our aerospace industry and ensure academia, industry, and the U.S. government is consistent with programs and policies that will support a robust aerospace economic sector within our economy.


  • Ensuring the American aerospace workforce has the skills and training that are vital to the aerospace industry by promoting education and workforce development programs that prepare Americans for careers in the aerospace industry.
  • Ensuring the U.S. aerospace industry maintains its industrial base competitiveness with the international community.
  • Investing in the necessary research, development, and commercialization of next generation technologies and materials to support the U.S. aerospace industry.
  • Ensuring the U.S. aerospace industry is competing on a level playing field with their foreign competitors.
  • Investing in Washington state aerospace companies to promote economic growth and job creation.


  • Founded the bipartisan United States Senate Aerospace Caucus to ensure a strong, secure and competitive American aerospace industry. 
  • Consistently demanded a halt to illegal subsidies from the EU to EADS (Airbus).  I pushed the Bush Administration to take on Europe within the World Trade Organization (WTO) over illegal subsidies to Airbus.  And I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure that the WTO ruling against Airbus on this issue is enforced.
  • Worked with the aerospace industry to create jobs in Washington state through my work as Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety.
  • Encouraged the development of programs that train the next generation of aerospace workers, such as the Aerospace Worker Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.
  • Supported innovative projects in the aerospace industry including the High Energy Matter Space Propulsion Initiative at Washington State University and the Next Generation Solar Electric In-Space Propulsion for Satellites at Aerojet in Redmond, Washington.
  • Worked to enhance educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Supported ongoing composite and advanced material research at the Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structure Center (AMTAS) in Seattle, WA. The work of AMTAS will continue to provide leading research and cutting edge materials to advance aerospace design and construction in the United States.