Boating Caucus gets new co-chair

WASHINGTON – North Carolina Senator Richard Burr has agreed to become the new co-chairman of the Senate Boating Caucus, replacing former Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who recently retired from the U.S. Senate, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported in a release yesterday.

Burr, who NMMA describes as “a strong and proven advocate of job growth and pro-manufacturing policies as well as environmental stewardship and outdoorism,” will serve as co-chairman alongside Senator Herb Kohl (D-Wis.). He was elected to the Senate in 2004 following a decade in the House of Representatives, where he represented the people of the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina.

“I love the outdoors, so I’m pleased to be a co-chair of the Senate Boating Caucus,” Burr said. “Like all North Carolinians, I know that boating is a great way to enjoy our state and we share that with many families across our country. The boating industry is an important part of North Carolina’s economy that is continually growing.”

North Carolina is home to more than 60 boat manufacturers that generate more than 7,300 jobs statewide. With more than $649 million in new retail sales and services in the powerboat, motor, trailer, and marine accessories market in 2006, North Carolina is the fourth biggest marine market in the U.S. There are currently more than 370,000 registered recreational boats in North Carolina, NMMA reported.

“The National Marine Manufacturers Association applauds Senator Burr for taking on the responsibility of co-chairing the Senate Boating Caucus and thanks him for his strong representation of the recreational marine industry and boating community in North Carolina,” said Scott B. Gudes, NMMA vice president of Government Relations. “We look forward to working with him to promote pro-boating policies on Capitol Hill.”

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