Captain Mike Coffield is a veteran of the airline industry, representing the interests of pilots and business in government affairs. Captain Coffield previously served as the chairman of government affairs for United Continental Holdings, and was a commercial pilot for more than 30 years, with 23,000 hours as pilot-in-command.
During his extensive career, he has been an advisor to cabinet secretaries in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama Administrations. He has worked extensively with the Departments of Defense and Transportation, the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers and multiple intelligence communities. Captain Coffield has provided congressional testimony on multiple occasions and topics, has given policy advice to congressional committees, and has helped craft legislation.
Within the context of aviation, his work has touched on various issues including security, the environment, foreign relations, federal aviation and airport regulation and FAA reauthorization, labor, commerce, and energy. His two-year legislative effort on the creation and passage of the Pension Protection Act produced a savings of more than $2 billion in pension fund contribution savings for his employer, Continental Airlines.
Captain Coffield was selected by the House of Representatives to independently lead the congressional investigation into the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800. He also served as a congressional delegation tour advisor on multiple tips to countries such as Cuba, Sierra Leone, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vatican City. Among his many other accomplishments, he established an intergovernmental (FAA, TSA, DOT, DHS) security protocol working group, provided background information to a Congressional committee chair to study the Customs and Border Administration’s justification of pre-clear site in Abu Dhabi; advised the House Judiciary Committee on US airline merger actions and was instrumental in merger between Continental and United Airlines; and he consulted, drafted and advised in the creation of the Airline Stabilization Act, providing economic relief for the US airline industry.
Captain Coffield is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He is active in his community through a range of charitable endeavors, including the WINGS Foundation.