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SEMA announced the appointment of Brian Duggan as its new Director of Congressional Affairs. Duggan comes to the association with a broad range of public policy expertise. He has a combined experience of 20 years in lobbying, government relations and policy having previously worked in Washington, D.C., for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Department of Commerce. Brian is from Maryland and has a master’s degree from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.

“Brian brings to SEMA a wealth of experience in government relations, legislative analyses and advocacy, as well as the development and implementation of policy,” SEMA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Steve McDonald commented. “We are pleased to have someone of his experience to supplement our continuing efforts on Capitol Hill in promoting the industry to federal lawmakers. The breadth of his knowledge on issues of critical importance to the aftermarket will provide SEMA with an effective advocate and a valuable resource in our efforts to protect and advance the aftermarket industry.” 

SEMA maintains an experienced government affairs staff and legal team in Washington, D.C. Responsible for communicating and advocating issues affecting the specialty automotive aftermarket, SEMA’s government affairs office has proven to be an influential and effective force in ensuring the continued growth and prosperity of the industry.

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with SEMA members and staff. The industry has a great history and is making important contributions to the American economy and society. Several members of Congress are already automobile collectors, restorers and enthusiasts.  We want to tap in more to that base to build a higher awareness and appreciation of the industry in Congress and its role in society across the board,” Duggan said.