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September 21, 2010

State Legislators Who Support the Hobby
In its efforts to promote and protect the specialty equipment industry and the automotive hobby in the states, SEMA partners with state lawmakers from across the country through the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. Formed in 2005 to supplement the work of our grassroots hobbyist network (SAN), the Caucus is a bi-partisan 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 is serving to raise the motor vehicle hobby's profile in the state legislatures and in the eyes of the public. Working in state capitals, many of these legislators have sought to preserve and protect the hobby by improving existing motor vehicle statutes and creating new programs to safeguard and expand the hobby.

Over the past several years, the work of these lawmakers has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community and specialty equipment industry on issues ranging from equipment standards to registration and titling classifications, and from emissions test exemptions to the rights of hobbyists to engage in backyard restorations.

"The automobile is part of our culture and history," said New York Assemblyman Bill Reilich, the current Caucus Chairman. "I am extremely pleased at how the membership numbers have increased, however, our work is not done. I will continue to work with the SEMA Government Affairs staff to help educate and encourage participation by our state governmental leaders and work toward our goal of having at least 500 members actively participating in the Caucus."

The work of caucus members has brought a series of significant legislative accomplishments for the vehicle enthusiast community. By joining the Caucus, these legislators have demonstrated their commitment to upholding the rights of vehicle enthusiasts. In addition, hobbyists are able to quickly identify which state legislators have chosen to be recognized for their support of this great American hobby. Approximately 450 state legislators from all 50 states are involved in the Caucus. Here is a comprehensive list of current caucus members.

Chairman:
Assemblymember Bill Reilich (New York)

Alabama

  • Senator Roger Bedford
  • Representative Mike Ball
  • Representative Victor Gaston
  • Representative H. Mac Gipson
  • Representative Laura Hall
  • Representative Johnny Morrow
  • Representative William E. Thigpen
  • Representative Randy Wood

Alaska

  • Senator Fred Dyson
  • Representative David Guttenberg

Arizona

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

Arkansas

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

California

  • 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

Colorado

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

Connecticut

  • Senator Scott Frantz
  • Senator Robert Kane
  • Representative Penny Bacchiochi
  • Representative Toni Walker
  • Representative Zeke Zalaski

Delaware

  • Representative William Oberle Jr.

Florida

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

Georgia

  • 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

Hawaii

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

Idaho

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

Illinois

  • Senator Brad Burzynski
  • Representative Annazette Collins
  • Representative Kay Hatcher
  • Representative Brandon Phelps
  • Representative Robert Pritchard
  • Representative Harry R. Ramey
  • Representative Al Riley
  • Representative Jim Sacia

Indiana

  • 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

Iowa

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

Kansas

  • 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

Kentucky

  • 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

Louisiana

  • 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

Maine

  • 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

Maryland

  • 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

Massachusetts

  • Representative Fred Barrows
  • Representative Robert Hargraves

Michigan

  • Senator Glenn Anderson
  • Senator Nancy Cassis
  • Senator Ron Jelinek
  • Representative David Agema
  • Representative Bill Caul
  • Representative Larry DeShazor
  • Representative Douglas Geiss
  • Representative Martin Griffin
  • Representative Ken Horn
  • Representative Rick Jones
  • Representative Eileen Kowall
  • Representative Richard LeBlanc
  • Representative Chuck Moss
  • Representative Tom Pearce
  • Representative John Proos
  • Representative Bettie Cook Scott
  • Representative Joel Sheltrown
  • Representative John Walsh

Minnesota

  • 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
  • Representative Phil Sterner

Mississippi

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

Missouri

  • Representative Curt Dougherty
  • Representative Joe Fallert
  • Representative Tim Jones
  • Representative Gayle Kingery
  • Representative Don Wells
  • Representative Patricia Yaeger

Montana

  • Senator John Brueggeman
  • Senator Jeff Essmann
  • Senator Ryan Zinke
  • Representative Jill Cohenour
  • Representative Gordon Hendrick
  • Representative Mike Miller
  • Representative Penny Morgan
  • Representative Bill Nooney
  • Representative Josh Peck
  • Representative Wayne Stahl

Nebraska

  • Senator Colby Coash
  • Senator Heath Mello
  • Senator Jeremy Nordquist

Nevada

  • 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 Ronald Boisvert
  • Representative Gene Charron
  • Representative Daniel Eaton
  • Representative Philip Harvey
  • Representative John Henson
  • Representative Timothy Horrigan
  • Representative Paul Ingersoll
  • Representative Russell Ingram
  • Representative Robert Introne
  • Representative Michael McCarthy
  • Representative Carol McGuire
  • Representative Sherman Packard
  • Representative Lawrence Perkins
  • Representative Ken Weyler

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 Rudy Martinez
  • Representative Bill 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 Robert Castelli
  • Assemblymember James Conte
  • Assemblymember Clifford Crouch
  • Assemblymember RoAnn Destito
  • 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.

North Carolina

  • Senator Julia Boseman
  • Representative Marilyn Avila
  • 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 Rosa Gill
  • Representative Bruce Goforth
  • Representative Hugh Holliman
  • Representative Julia Howard
  • Representative Frank Iler
  • Representative Tim Moore
  • Representative Wil Neumann
  • Representative Shirley B. Randleman
  • Representative Mitchell Setzer
  • Representative Fred Steen, II
  • Representative Laura Wiley
  • Representative Arthur Williams

North Dakota

  • Senator Dick Dever
  • Senator Tom Fischer
  • Senator Judy Lee
  • Senator Elroy Lindaas
  • Representative Chuck Damschen
  • Representative Jerry Kelsh
  • Representative David Monson
  • Representative Darrell Nottestad
  • Representative Louis Pinkerton
  • Representative Robin Weisz
  • Representative Alon Wieland

Ohio

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

Oklahoma

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

Oregon

  • Representative Jeff Barker
  • Representative Brian Clem

Pennsylvania

  • Senator Daylin Leach
  • Senator J. Barry Stout
  • Senator Michael Waugh
  • Representative Scott Conklin
  • Representative Dom Costa
  • Representative Brian Cutler
  • Representative John Evans
  • Representative Rick Geist
  • Representative Gary Haluska
  • Representative Patrick Harkins
  • Representative Dick Hess
  • Representative Tom Houghton
  • Representative Mark Longietti
  • Representative John Pallone
  • Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
  • Representative John Payne
  • Representative Tony Payton, Jr.
  • Representative Scott Perry
  • Representative John Siptroth
  • Representative Tim Solobay
  • Representative Curt Sonney

Rhode Island

  • Senator William Walaska
  • Representative John J. Loughlin II

South Carolina

  • Senator Larry Martin
  • Representative Dan Hamilton
  • Representative J. Gary Simrill
  • Representative Tommy Stringer

South Dakota

  • Senator Jim Hundstad
  • Representative Thomas Brunner
  • Representative Elaine M. Elliot
  • Representative Richard Engels
  • Representative Charles Hoffman
  • Representative Mark Kirkeby

Tennessee

  • 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 Mark White
  • Representative Les Winningham
  • Representative Eddie Yokley

Texas

  • Representative Wayne Christian
  • Representative Ellen Cohen
  • Representative Garnet Coleman
  • Representative Patricia Harless
  • Representative Mark Homer
  • Representative Charlie Howard
  • Representative Edmund Kuempel
  • Representative Solomon Ortiz, Jr.
  • Representative Joe Pickett
  • Representative Allen Vaught

Utah

  • Senator Gene Davis
  • Senator Brent Goodfellow
  • Senator Howard Stephenson
  • Representative Ron Bigelow
  • Representative Tim Cosgrove
  • Representative Gage Froerer
  • Representative Neal Hendrickson
  • Representative Gregory Hughes
  • Representative Fred Hunsaker
  • Representative Curtis Oda
  • Representative Patrick Painter
  • Representative Stephen Sandstrom
  • Representative Kenneth Sumsion

Vermont

  • Senator Kevin Mullin
  • Representative Joseph Baker

Virginia

  • 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

Washington

  • 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

Wisconsin

  • Senator Mary Lazich
  • Representative Ed Brooks
  • Representative Steve Kestell
  • Representative Phil Montgomery
  • Representative John Nygren

Wyoming

  • Representative Stan Blake
  • Representative Pat Childers
  • Representative Mike Gilmore
  • Representative Sue Wallis