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Allied Pilots Association Supports Bergman’s Bid for Speaker

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 20, 2023) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, conveyed its support for Rep. Jack Bergman of Michigan as the next Speaker of the House.

“Jack Bergman’s credentials as a pilot, veteran, business owner, and legislator make it clear that he knows how to get things done,” said Capt. Ed Sicher, Allied Pilots Association President. “We look forward to his leadership.”

A 40-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant General, Rep. Bergman is the highest-ranking combat veteran to have ever served in the U.S. House. He also flew commercial airliners for 22 years. Since 2017, he has represented Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, which encompasses the Upper Peninsula and 20 other counties.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association – the largest independent pilots union in the United States – is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is