Tell the New Congress What Matters Most to You!

SEMA News—April 2017

From The Hill

By Christian Robinson

Tell the New Congress What Matters Most to You!

Join Industry Leaders in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 SEMA Washington Rally

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From left: Matt Agosta (Steele Rubber Products), U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), John Iannotte (Kunzman & Associates) and Debbie Lail (Steele Rubber Products) at the 2012 Washington Rally. Sen. Burr is the co-chair of the Congressional Automotive Performance & Motorsports Caucus and a sponsor of the RPM Act.
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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK, left) was presented with a commemorative portrait honoring his work on the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 by SEMA Chairman Doug Evans at the 2016 SEMA Washington Rally.

Whether it’s standing up for the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act and your right to convert a street car into a race car used exclusively at the track, pursuing a pro-growth and job-creation agenda or combating counterfeit products, there are many issues facing SEMA members in the nation’s capital.

Join fellow SEMA members in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, May 17, for the 2017 SEMA Washington Rally. The Rally is your opportunity to demonstrate to congressional lawmakers the importance and strength of the $39 billion automotive specialty-equipment industry. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect face-to-face with your legislators on Capitol Hill and inform them of the issues that matter most to you, your community and your business. The SEMA Washington Rally is exclusively for SEMA members.

Many believe that they can’t have an impact on the political process. That couldn’t be further from the truth. At last year’s Rally, SEMA members were able to personally secure more than 20 co-sponsors for the RPM Act from their Congressional representatives. With the RPM Act having recently been reintroduced in Congress, there’s still much work to be done. That’s what makes the Washington Rally so important.

Scheduled events include:

  • Legislative briefing session with SEMA staff.
  • One-on-one meetings with legislators.
  • Capitol Hill luncheon.
  • Private reception with members of Congress.
  • Opportunities to visit attractions in the nation’s capital.

To register for the Washington Rally or for more information, please contact Christian Robinson at 202-783-6007 x20 or christianr@sema.org.

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At the 2016 SEMA Washington Rally, U.S. Representatives Patrick McHenry (R-NC, 
second left), Bill Posey (R-FL, third left), Paul Cook (R-CA, third right) and Mike Kelly (R-PA, second right) were honored for their service and commitment to the automotive specialty-equipment industry by SEMA Chairman Doug Evans (left) and SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting (right).
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Congressional Automotive Performance & Motorsports Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) arrived in style at the 2010 SEMA Washington Rally.
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From left: Wade Kawasaki of Coker Group, Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) and Rose Kawasaki of Exports International. Rep. LaMalfa was the keynote speaker at the 2014 SEMA Washington Rally.
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U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) addresses the 2016 SEMA Washington Rally. In addition to being a member of the Congressional Automotive Performance & Motorsports Caucus, Rep. Green was a co-sponsor of the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, a 2015 SEMA-supported law that permits manufacturers to produce completed replica vehicles under a simplified regulatory system.
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