Rep. Tom Dent selected to air cargo stakeholder group

Rep. Tom Dent has been selected to the stakeholder group that will be working on the Washington State Air Cargo Movement Study. The study was part of the transportation budget passed by the Legislature in the 2017 legislative session.

Rep. Ed Orcutt, House Transportation Committee ranking Republican, selected Dent due to his aviation experience and representation of the 13th Legislative District, home to the Grant County International airport in Moses Lake. The airport is likely to play an important role in air cargo issues for Washington state in the future.

“I have 40 years of professional flying experience. My background fits this stakeholder group well,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “I bring a unique perspective to the group. I am very familiar with the current condition and needs of our state's aviation facilities. I will be able to provide some firsthand knowledge of what needs to be done to strengthen air cargo transport and services in Washington state.”

The objectives of the Air Cargo Movement Study include:

  • educating policy makers about air cargo movement at Washington airports;
  • exploring possibilities for accommodating the growing air cargo market at more airports around the state; and,
  • identifying the state's interest and role in addressing issues arising from air cargo congestion.

The stakeholder panel will include representation from the Legislature, governor's office, airports, the air cargo and freight industries, transportation planning organizations, and the Washington State Departments of Transportation and Commerce.

“I recently participated in a trade mission to Japan to build relationships and possibly expand economic opportunities in our district and Washington state. The air cargo study ties right into that. A reliable and well-built transportation hub could help make that happen. I am hopeful this study would lead to improving our air cargo capabilities at the Grant County International airport and at airports in all corners of the state,” said Dent.

Dent has been a professional pilot since 1976, accumulating more than 20,000-logged hours.


Washington State House Republican Communications