Government Affairs Staff

Legislation has a huge and growing affect on the automotive specialty-equipment market. The outcome of these legislative initiatives frequently impacts the way products are made, distributed and marketed. SEMA has a proven legislative and regulatory program led by a professional staff based in Washington, D.C. that continually works on behalf of the membership. The program includes a number of components that together have resulted in a long list of successes of significant benefit to the industry.

As a SEMA member, you will be kept informed as relevant legislative issues arise. Whether the association is proactively lobbying on a matter or responding to a potentially harmful bill, SEMA communicates with members through legislative alerts and updates. These updates spell out exactly how the bill would impact the industry and your business, and equip you with information you need to take quick action to help determine the bill’s final outcome.

SEMA’s Government Affairs Office also works to develop and maintain a strong, positive relationship with representatives in the state legislatures and on Capitol Hill. The Association has helped establish state and federal automotive caucuses consisting of elected officials who are committed to supporting our industry and automotive hobbyists. Congressional visits are often arranged so that SEMA members can meet with their representatives and voice their concerns first-hand.

SEMA members are further invited to be a part of the SEMA Political Action Committee (PAC). The PAC, which is one of the Association’s newest tools designed to strengthen the industry’s legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress, enables members to pool their resources in a larger industry fund. It joins SEMA’s longstanding California PAC as a mechanism for supporting industry-friendly lawmakers.


Staff Contacts:

Steve McDonald, Vice President of Government Affairs
Colby Martin, Government and Public Affairs Manager
Stuart Gosswein, Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs Bryan Harrison, Research Manager
Dan Sadowski, Director of Congressional Affairs Jim McFarland, Technical Consultant
Christian Robinson, PAC Manager Ashley Ailsworth, Law Clerk
 
Phone: (202) 783-6007 | Fax: (202) 783-6024

 

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