Law & Order

Legislative Champions Tapped for Committee Leadership

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The West Virginia legislature has appointed Senator Mark Maynard and Delegate Gary Howell as chairs of new policy committees in their respective chambers. Senator Maynard will serve as chair of the Outdoor Recreation Committee, formed to promote motorsports and off-highway vehicle access to public lands. Delegate Howell’s Committee on Economic Development and Tourism works to attract new businesses to the state, and focuses on workforce training and tax reform.

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West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell (left) and West Virginia Senator Mark Maynard (right) with automotive media personality Courtney Hansen at the SEMA Show.

Senator Maynard and Delegate Howell are no strangers to SEMA. Senator Maynard was named SEMA’s 2018 Stephen B. McDonald Lawmaker of the Year for his efforts to promote off-highway vehicle recreation in the state. Delegate Howell served as national chair of SEMA’s State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus from 2013 to 2021 and led the Caucus during a period of unprecedented growth.

SEMA congratulates Senator Maynard and Delegate Howell on their appointments and looks forward to working with them during the legislative session.

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