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Industry Advocate U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) Visits DeatschWerks

By the SEMA D.C. office


(Left to right): Eric Snyder, SEMA senior director of federal government affairs; Mike Deatsch, DeatschWerks vice president of sales; U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK); David Deatsch, DeatschWerks president and founder; and Matt Patrick, DeatschWerks technical director.

With Congress out of session for the month of August, U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) used the time away from Washington, D.C., to visit with his constituents throughout Oklahoma, including DeatschWerks, a SEMA and PRI member located at a 36,000-square-foot headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As co-chair of the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, Sen. Mullin enjoyed learning about DeatschWerks' high-performance electronic fuel injection (EFI) system solutions and speaking with the company's leadership and employees during his visit.  

"Sen. Mullin is an incredible advocate for automotive enthusiasts, racers and more than a million men and women who work in the specialty automotive aftermarket," said Eric Snyder, SEMA's senior director of federal government affairs. "We thank Sen. Mullin for his leadership on legislation to protect the specialty automotive aftermarket, for being a stalwart ally of the industry, and for his leadership on key issues that impact our member companies and enthusiasts. SEMA and PRI appreciate the senator visiting DeatschWerks to learn more about their business and meet their team."  


David Deatsch, left, and Sen. Mullin, right, discussed the company's high-performance electronic injection (EFI) fuel systems and components.

Sen. Mullin is a longtime supporter of the specialty automotive aftermarket, a former competitive rock crawler, and an automotive enthusiast with a vehicle collection that includes a '67 Shelby Cobra, '72 Chevy C-10 and a '21 Shelby GT 500. While a political career was never a part of his plans, Sen. Mullin ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in 2012 in response to government overreach that threatened his business. During his five terms in the House, Sen. Mullin advocated for simplifying regulations on small businesses and helped to lead the fight to provide certainty to racers and motorsports parts businesses surrounding the conversion of street vehicles into racecars. In 2015, Sen. Mullin was the lead sponsor of the SEMA-supported "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act," which created a simplified regulatory system for small automotive businesses that manufacture classically styled replica vehicles.  

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