SEMA News - May 2010

2017 Update: For more information on the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

2017 Update: For more information on the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, visit the SEMA Action Network website.

Workday Lawmakers, Weekend Enthusiasts 

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. Celebrating its five-year anniversary, 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, these legislators are frequently called on to oppose restrictive legislation that seeks to prohibit vehicle modification. Many of these legislators have also proactively sought to preserve and protect the hobby by improving existing motor-vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand it. Approximately 400 state legislators from all 50 states are involved in the caucus. The following is a comprehensive list of current caucus members along with photographs of some with their treasured automobiles and trucks


State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus

  Montana State Senator John Brueggeman and his ’66 Pontiac LeMans.  
Representative Mike Ball
Representative Victor Gaston
Representative H. Mac Gipson
Representative Laura Hall
Representative Johnny Morrow
Representative William E. Thigpen
Representative Randy Wood

Senator Fred Dyson
Representative David Guttenberg

Senator Robert Burns
Senator Ron Gould
Senator Linda Lopez
Representative Tom Boone
Representative Jack Harper
Representative David Bradley
Representative Bill Konopnicki
Representative Nancy McLain
Representative Lynne Pancrazi
Representative Jerry Weiers

Senator Denny Altes
Senator Shane Broadway
Senator Gene Jeffress
Senator Johnny Key
Representative Allen Kerr
Representative Mark Martin
Representative Barbara Nix

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

Senator Colby Coash
Senator Heath Mello
Senator Jeremy Nordquist

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

Arkansas State Representative Allen Kerr beside a restored ‘39 FoRd Deluxe coupe.    New York Assemblymember and Caucus Chairperson Bill Reilich with his pair of Ford Thunderbirds.

California Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries (right), with his father Dean and his Mantaray car.

  New York Assemblymember Ginny Fields is a regular at car shows with her ’54 Kaiser-Darrin.  

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 Bill Emmerson
Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes
Assemblymember Ted Gaines
Assemblymember Martin Garrick
Assemblymember Kevin Jeffries
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza
Assemblymember Roger Niello
Assemblymember Alberto Torrico
Assemblymember Michael Villines

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

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

Representative William Oberle Jr.

Representative Eddy Gonzalez
Representative Bill Heller
Representative Ed Hooper
Representative Dave Murzin
Representative Pat Patterson

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

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

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


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

New Mexico
Senator Clinton Harden
Representative Jose Campos
Representative Nathan Cote
Representative William “Bill” R. Rehm

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 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


Kansas State Representative Bob Bethell with his ’66 Caprice. Georgia State Representative Tony Sellier with his ’34 Ford V8 pickup.   
Iowa State Representative Jim Lykam and his ’40 Ford sedan.   Ohio State Representative Kenny Yuko (right) with his brother John who restored their father's '31 Ford.
Representative Annazette Collins
Representative Brandon Phelps
Representative Robert Pritchard
Representative Harry R. Ramey
Representative Al Riley
Representative Jim Sacia

Senator Brandt Hershman
Senator Travis Holdman
Senator Dennis Kruse
Senator Sue Landske
Representative Bill Friend
Representative Wes Culver
Representative Tom Knollman
Representative Nancy Michael
Representative P. Eric Turner

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

Senator Mike Petersen
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 Joe Seiwert
Representative Dale Swenson
Representative Bill Wolf

Senator Tom Buford
Senator Joey Pendleton
Senator Dorsey Ridley
Senator Robin Webb
Representative Thomas Burch
Representative Tim Couch
Representative Ted Edmonds
Representative Danny Ford
Representative Keith Hall
Representative Charlie Hoffman
Representative Richard Henderson
Representative Mary Lou Marzian
Representative Reginald Meeks
Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo
Representative Don Pasley
Representative Jody Richards
Representative Tom Riner
Representative Brent Yonts

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

Senator Douglas Smith
Representative Richard Cebra
Representative Dale Crafts
Representative Gary Knight
Representative Everett McLeod Sr.
Representative Ann Peoples
Representative Michael Shaw
Representative Linda Sanborn
Representative Nancy Smith
 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

Representative Michael DeBose
Representative Mark Schneider
Representative Lynn Wachtmann
Representative Kenny Yuko

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

Representative Jeff Barker
Representative Brian Clem

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
Representative Thomas Brunner
Representative Elaine M. Elliot
Representative Richard Engels
Representative Mark Kirkeby

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

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

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 Gregory Hughes
Representative Fred Hunsaker
Representative Curtis Oda
Representative Patrick Painter
Representative Stephen Sandstrom
Representative Kenneth Sumsion

Senator Kevin Mullin
Representative Joseph Baker
Michigan State Representative Richard LeBlanc in his ’67 Amphicar.   Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell poses with a classic 
Senator Barry Glassman
Senator Katherine Klausmeier
Delegate Don Dwyer Jr.
Delegate Barbara Frush
Delegate Cheryl Glenn
Delegate Benjamin Kramer
Delegate Warren Miller
Delegate Wayne Norman
Delegate Jay Walker

Representative Fred Barrows
Representative Robert Hargraves

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

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

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

Representative Joe Fallert
Representative Gayle Kingery
Representative Don Wells
Representative Patricia Yaeger
Senator John Edwards
Senator Emmett Hanger
Senator L. Louise Lucas
Delegate Morgan Griffith
Delegate Daniel Marshall
Delegate Mark L. Keam
Delegate Sam Nixon
Delegate Dave Nutter
Delegate G. Glenn Oder
Delegate Kenneth Plum
Delegate Tom Rust
Delegate Mark Sickles
Delegate Ron A. Villanueva
Delegate Onzlee Ware

Senator Mike Carrell
Senator Jerome Delvin
Senator Jim Honeyford
Representative Mike Armstrong
Representative Jan Angel
Representative Tom Campbell
Representative Cary Condotta
Representative Bob Hasegawa
Representative Ed Orcutt
Representative Deb Wallace
Representative Marcie Maxwell

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

Senator Mary Lazich
Representative Steve Kestell
Representative Phil Montgomery
Representative John Nygren

Representative Stan Blake
Representative Pat Childers
Representative Mike Gilmore
Representative Sue Wallis             
Washington State Representative Marcie Maxwell with husband Steve and their '70 Dodge Challenger convertible. Wyoming State Representative Mike Gilmore outside of his street-rod shop in Casper with a '34 coupe. 

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