Rep. Darren Soto Invites Doug Lowe as special guest for State of the Union

February 1, 2019
Press Release
MCO federal employee affected by government shutdown visits DC for President’s address

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09) announced Mr. Doug Lowe of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO will be his special guest for the President’s 2019 State of the Union Address, scheduled for Tuesday, February 5th, 9:00p.m.

Douglas Lowe is an Airways Transportation Systems Specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and is also the President of Chapter FL1 in Florida of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS). An employee at the Orlando International Airport supporting air traffic control, Doug and his colleagues were required to work without pay for close to 35 days during the government shutdown this month. He has been advocating tirelessly for PASS members, in Florida and nationwide, supporting this vital workforce who maintain and certify the world’s largest, safest and most complex air traffic control system. Doug is an Orlando native who enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school. He went on to earn a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Clayton State University while in a dual degree program with Georgia Tech.

Stated Doug Lowe, PASS: “I want to say thank you to Congressman Darren Soto for the invitation to the State of the Union next Tuesday. It is a tremendous honor. I hope to represent the men and women of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists the best I can, as well as all of the federal workers from Central Florida. I look forward to telling our story of how the shutdown affected our community and pray that we can prevent it from happening again.”

Stated Rep. Darren Soto: “During the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, my office received hundreds of calls and messages from constituents about the hardships their families faced. We are honored to have Doug Lowe join us in the U.S. Capitol for the State of the Union. Doug represents the urgent message from federal employees’ families in Central Florida to President Trump demanding to avert another shutdown at all costs. Orlando International Airport employees, as well as all federal employees in Central Florida, struggled financially from missing paychecks during this recent shutdown. They deserve the peace of mind that they will be paid for their work, regardless of the irresponsible inaction of the administration to pass a budget.”  

Rep. Soto read a letter from Doug Lowe on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, detailing the challenges his family and fellow PASS members faced during the government shutdown. Since 1977, PASS has represented more than 11,000 employees of the FAA and Department of Defense who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.