State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers

SEMA News - May 2009

 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers Just miles from the state capitol, Wisconsin Representative and State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus member Steve Kestell welcomes thousands of enthusiasts to Madison on the final stop of the 2008 Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour.

In its daily efforts to promote and protect the auto hobby, SEMA continues to partner with state lawmakers from across the country through the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Formed in 2005, the caucus is a bipartisan group of state lawmakers whose common thread is a love and appreciation for automobiles. Supported by SEMA’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., the caucus serves to raise the motor-vehicle hobby’s profile in state legislatures and in the public’s eyes. Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by improving existing motor-vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby. Approximately 370 state legislators from all 50 states are involved in the caucus.

 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers AssemblyNew York member Nancy Calhoun and her ‘96 Corvette.
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers Florida State Representative Bill Heller with his ‘26 Dodge.
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko (left) with his brother John (center) who restored their father’s ‘31 Ford Model A. 
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers New York Assemblymember Bill Reilich with his pair of Ford Thunderbirds.
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers California Assemblymember Mike Duvall with his ‘55 Ford at a local car show. 
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers New York Assemblymember Ginny Fields (left) is a regular at car shows with her ‘54 Kaiser-Darrin. 
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers Wyoming State Representative Mike Gilmore outside of his street-rod shop in Casper with a ’34 Ford coupe. 
 SEMA News-May 2009-State Legislative Caucus Thrives Behind Car-Loving Lawmakers Nebraska State Senator Colby Coash, with his wife Rhonda and their ‘74 Corvette Stingray. 
  

State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus

(As of May 2009)

Chairman:
Assemblymember Bill Reilich (New York)


Immediate Past Chairman:
Senator John Brueggeman (Montana)

 

Alabama
Representative Mike Ball
Representative Victor Gaston
Representative H. Mac Gipson
Representative Laura Hall
Representative Johnny Morrow
Representative William E.  Thigpen
Representative Randy Wood

Alaska
Senator Fred Dyson
Representative David Guttenberg

Arizona
Senator Ron Gould
Representative Tom Boone
Representative David Bradley
Representative Bill Konopnicki
Representative Nancy McLain
Representative Jerry Weiers

Arkansas
Senator Denny Altes
Senator Gene Jeffress
Senator Johnny Key
Representative Mark Martin

California
Senator Ron Calderon
Senator Dave Cogdill
Senator Jeff Denham
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
Senator Bob Huff
Senator Gloria Negrete-McLeod
Senator George Runner
Assemblymember Joel Anderson
Assemblymember Jim Beall
Assemblymember Mike Duvall
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes
Assemblymember Martin Garrick
Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Assemblymember Roger Niello
Assemblymember Alberto Torrico
Assemblymember Michael Villines

Colorado
Senator Ken Kester 
Representative Debbie Benefield
Representative Larry Liston
Representative Don Marostica
Representative Nancy Todd
Representative Edward Vigil

Connecticut 
Senator Scott Frantz
Representative Penny Bacchiochi
Representative Toni Walker
Representative Zeke Zalaski

Delaware 
Representative William Oberle Jr.

Florida
Representative Eddy Gonzalez
Representative Bill Heller
Representative Dave Murzin
Representative Pat Patterson

Georgia 
Senator Bill Heath
Senator Chip Rogers 
Representative Bob Hanner
Representative Calvin Hill
Representative Mike Keown
Representative Howard Mosby 
Representative Alan Powell
Representative Nikki Randall
Representative Bobby Reese
Representative Tony Sellier

Hawaii
Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland
Representative Henry Aquino
Representative Karen Awana
Representative Jerry Chang

Idaho
Senator Jim Hammond
Senator Mike Jorgenson
Representative Marv Hagedorn
Representative Bill Killen
Representative Janice McGeachin

Illinois
Representative Annazette Collins
Representative Brandon Phelps
Representative Robert Pritchard
Representative Harry R. Ramey
Representative Al Riley
Representative Jim Sacia

Indiana
Senator Brandt Hershman
Senator Dennis Kruse
Senator Sue Landske
Representative Wes Culver
Representative Tom Knollman
Representative P. Eric Turner

Iowa
Senator Staci Appel
Senator Jeff Danielson
Senator Wally Horn
Representative Dwayne Alons
Representative Dave Deyoe
Representative Cecil Dolecheck
Representative Jim Lykam

Kansas
Senator Chris Steineger
Representative Bob Bethell
Representative Elaine Bowers
Representative Doug Gatewood
Representative Mario Goico
Representative Carl Holmes
Representative Deena Horst
Representative Harold Lane
Representative Judith Loganbill
Representative Peggy Mast
Representative Ray Merrick
Representative Melvin Neufeld
Representative Shirley Palmer
Representative Michael Peterson
Representative Don Schroeder
Representative Dale Swenson
Representative Bill Wolf

Kentucky
Senator Joey Pendleton
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Representative Thomas Burch
Representative Danny Ford
Representative Keith Hall
Representative Charlie Hoffman
Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Representative Reginald Meeks
Representative Don Pasley
Representative Jody Richards
Representative Tom Riner
Representative Robin Webb
Representative Brent Yonts

Louisiana
Senator A.G. Crowe
Senator Ben Nevers
Senator Francis Thompson
Senator Mike Walsworth
Representative Jeffery Arnold
Representative Damon Baldone
Representative Girod Jackson III
Representative John LaBruzzo
Representative Anthony Ligi
Representative Nickie Monica
Representative M.J. Smiley

Maine
Senator Douglas Smith
Representative Richard Cebra
Representative Dale Crafts
Representative Everett McLeod, Sr.
Representative Ann Peoples
Representative Michael Shaw
Representative Nancy Smith

Maryland
Senator Barry Glassman
Senator Katherine Klausmeier
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Delegate Barbara Frush
Delegate Cheryl Glenn
Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Delegate Warren Miller
Delegate Jay Walker
Delegate Richard Weldon

Massachusetts
Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Robert Hargraves

Michigan
Senator Glenn Anderson
Senator Nancy Cassis
Senator Ron Jelinek
Representative David Agema
Representative Bill Caul
Representative Douglas Geiss
Representative Rick Jones
Representative Richard LeBlanc
Representative Chuck Moss
Representative Tom Pearce
Representative John Proos
Representative Bettie Cook Scott
Representative Joel Sheltrown

Minnesota
Senator Michael Jungbauer
Senator David Tomassoni
Representative Jim Abeler
Representative Pat Garofalo
Representative Steve Gottwalt
Representative Rick Hansen
Representative Melissa Hortman
Representative Margaret Anderson Kelliher
Representative Carol McFarlane
Representative Ron Shimanski

Mississippi
Senator Hillman Frazier
Representative Ken Morgan
Representative Dannie Reed
Representative Walter Robinson Jr.

Missouri
Representative Bruce Darrough
Representative Joe Fallert
Representative Gayle Kingery
Representative Don Wells
Representative James Whorton
Representative Patricia Yaeger

Montana
Senator John Brueggeman
Senator Jeff Essmann
Representative Jill Cohenour
Representative Gordon Hendrick
Representative Bill Nooney
Representative Wayne Stahl
 

Nebraska
Senator Colby Coash
Senator Jeremy Nordquist

Nevada
Senator Bob Coffin
Senator David Parks
Assemblymember Bernie Anderson
Assemblymember Chad Christensen
Assemblymember Moises (Mo) Denis
Assemblymember Ellen Marie Koivisto
Assemblymember Mark Manendo
Assemblymember John Oceguera
Assemblymember Lynn Stewart

New Hampshire
Representative Daniel Eaton
Representative John Henson
Representative Timothy Horrigan
Representative Russell Ingram
Representative Sherman Packard
Representative Don Van Patten

New Jersey
Assemblymember Gary Chiusano
Assemblymember Upenda Chivukula
Assemblymember Richard Merkt
Assemblymember Alison Littell McHose
Assemblymember Charlotte Vandervalk

New Mexico
Senator Clinton Harden
Representative Jose Campos
Representative Nathan Cote

New York
Senator Jeff Klein
Senator Thomas Libous
Assemblymember Jim Bacalles
Assemblymember Greg Ball
Assemblymember William Barclay
Assemblymember Philip Boyle
Assemblymember Daniel Burling
Assemblymember Marc Butler
Assemblymember Nancy Calhoun
Assemblymember James Conte
Assemblymember Clifford Crouch
Assemblymember Janet Duprey
Assemblymember Steve Englebright
Assemblymember Joseph Errigo
Assemblymember Ginny Fields
Assemblymember Gary Finch
Assemblymember Mike Fitzpatrick
Assemblymember Dennis Gabryszak
Assemblymember Joseph Giglio
Assemblymember Steve Hawley
Assemblymember Janele Hyer-Spencer
Assemblymember Brian Kolb
Assemblymember Peter Lopez
Assemblymember Donna Lupardo
Assemblymember David McDonough
Assemblymember Marcus Molinaro
Assemblymember Bob Oaks
Assemblymember Thomas O'Mara
Assemblymember Jack Quinn
Assemblymember Andrew Raia
Assemblymember Bill Reilich
Assemblymember Joseph Saladino
Assemblymember Teresa Sayward
Assemblymember Mark Schroeder
Assemblymember Dede Scozzafava
Assemblymember James Tedisco
Assemblymember David Townsend, Jr.
Assemblymember Rob Walker

North Carolina
Senator Julia Boseman
Representative Cary Allred
Representative John Blust
Representative Larry Brown
Representative George Cleveland
Representative Nelson Cole
Representative Tricia Ann Cotham
Representative William Current
Representative Bill Faison
Representative Phillip Frye
Representative Bruce Goforth
Representative Hugh Holliman
Representative Julia Howard
Representative Tim Moore
Representative Wil Neumann
Representative Mitchell Setzer
Representative Fred Steen, II
Representative Laura Wiley
Representative Arthur Williams

North Dakota
Senator Dick Dever
Senator Tom Fischer
Senator Judy Lee
Representative Chuck Damschen
Representative Jerry Kelsh
Representative David Monson
Representative Darrell Nottestad
Representative Robin Weisz
Representative Alon Wieland

Ohio
Senator Robert Schuler
Representative Michael DeBose
Representative Lynn Wachtmann
Representative Kenny Yuko

Oklahoma
Senator Davie Myers
Representative Wallace Collins
Representative Scott Inman
Representative Danny Morgan

Oregon
Representative Jeff Barker
Representative Brian Clem

Pennsylvania
Senator Daylin Leach
Senator J. Barry Stout
Senator Michael Waugh
Representative Scott Conklin
Representative John Evans
Representative Patrick Harkins
Representative John Pallone
Representative Tony Payton, Jr.
Representative Scott Perry

Rhode Island
Senator William Walaska
Representative John J. Loughlin II

South Carolina
Senator Larry Martin
Representative J. Gary Simrill

South Dakota
Senator Jim Hundstad
Senator Ed Olson
Representative Burt Elliott
Representative Richard Engels
Representative Clayton Halverson
Representative Mark Kirkeby
Representative David Sigdestad
Representative Mark Willadsen

Tennessee
Senator Tim Burchett
Representative Vince Dean
Representative JoAnne Favors
Representative Craig Fitzhugh
Representative Jim Hackworth
Representative Sherry Jones
Representative Gary Moore
Representative John Tidwell
Representative Joe Towns
Representative Les Winningham
Representative Eddie Yokley

Texas
Representative Garnet Coleman
Representative Patricia Harless
Representative Charlie Howard
Representative Edmund Kuempel
Representative Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
Representative Joe Pickett
Representative Allen Vaught

Utah
Senator Gene Davis
Senator Brent Goodfellow
Senator Howard Stephenson
Representative Ron Bigelow
Representative Tim Cosgrove
Representative Gage Froerer
Representative Kevin Garn
Representative Neal Hendrickson
Representative Kory Holdaway
Representative Gregory Hughes
Representative Fred Hunsaker
Representative Curtis Oda
Representative Patrick Painter
Representative Stephen Sandstrom
Representative Kenneth Sumsion

Vermont
Representative Joseph Baker

Virginia
Senator John Edwards
Senator Emmett Hanger
Senator L. Louise Lucas
Delegate William Fralin
Delegate Morgan Griffith
Delegate Daniel Marshall
Delegate Dave Nutter
Delegate Kenneth Plum
Delegate Tom Rust
Delegate Mark Sickles
Delegate Onzlee Ware

Washington
Senator Mike Carrell
Senator Jerome Delvin
Representative Mike Armstrong
Representative Cary Condotta
Representative Bob Hasegawa
Representative Ed Orcutt
Representative Deb Wallace

West Virginia
Senator Dave Sypolt
Delegate Robert Beach
Delegate Ron Fragale
Delegate Virginia Mahan
Delegate Cliff Moore
Delegate Thomas Mike Porter
Delegate Harry Keith White

Wisconsin
Senator Mary Lazich
Representative Steve Kestell
Representative Phil Montgomery

Wyoming
Representative Stan Blake
Representative Pat Childers
Representative Mike Gilmore
Representative