Government Affairs

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.

SEMA Member Guide to the New Health Care Law

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  • All businesses have tangible assets: buildings, machines, and accounts receivable. Companies have intangible assets too: trademarks, patents, copyrights, reputation, and goodwill. SEMA places a high premium on the protection of trademarks, patents, and copyrights, also known as intellectual property (IP).
  • I am not the world’s greatest authority on the subject of cars and propulsion systems, but I’m probably pretty high on the list in Congress. Some people want cars to go away entirely. Others think we are headed to all electrics, all hybrids or fuel cells. Of course, there are 130 million cars and trucks in the United States today, which are almost entirely powered by gasoline.
  • The issues currently facing the United States and all of its industries are among the most important we’ve faced in the nation’s history.
  • Any good idea or product is worth protecting—especially if it’s the mainstay of your business’ success. However, the process...
  • The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have an increased and growing impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed.

Federal Regulation of Aftermarket Parts


The materials below describe how motor vehicle parts are regulated by the federal government. It is generally presented in a question/answer format, with links to resources for more information.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is current at the time of posting and will be updated periodically as warranted, however, manufacturers should always consult the latest published regulations for any recent changes.


Government Affairs Staff

Steve McDonald
Vice President, Government Affairs
(202) 783-6007 x 31

Christian Robinson
SEMA PAC and Congressional Relations Manager
(202) 783-6007 x 20

Stuart Gosswein
Senior Federal Government Affairs Director
(202) 783-6007 x 30

Eric Snyder
Congressional Affairs Manager
(202) 783-6007 x 39

Colby Martin
Government and Public Affairs Manager
(202) 783-6007 x 39

Ashley Ailsworth
Corporate Counsel
(202) 783-6007 x 19

Matthew Donovan
Research Manager
(202) 783-6007 x 38

Dana Palmer
Office Administrator
(202) 783-6007 x 33