Back to Driving Force, Winter 2017


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On the Pulse of Legislative Proposals

Governmental Actions Tracked by Newest Member of SAN Staff


Neal Billig, Legislative Research Manager  


My name is Neal Billig and I recently joined the SEMA government affairs office as its legislative research manager. My role is to work with the SEMA government affairs team to identify, analyze and monitor legislation and regulations. In this role, I’ll be helping to advance the SEMA Action Network’s legislative interests across all 50 states. As you may know, thousands of bills are introduced and debated in statehouses each year across the country. I’m at the front lines of identifying those that will most severely impact the automotive hobby.

I grew up in Minnesota, but moved to Baltimore to attend Johns Hopkins University. Last May, I graduated with a degree in international studies. I previously worked as a political affairs intern where I advocated for global poverty. I was also a student researcher for the Johns Hopkins Medical Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy playing ultimate Frisbee, distance running and hiking. Additionally, I am a devout fan of my home state’s sports teams, especially the Timberwolves and Vikings.

So far, my ’04 Mazda6 has been my favorite car to own. That car will always have a special place in my heart as it managed to safely transport me across the icy winter roads in my home state. It also took me on many long road trips with friends across the country. Looking back, it has played a part in some of my favorite memories. My dream car would be a BMW M3 in matte blue.

Attending the SEMA Show for the first time in November was an incredible opportunity to take in the breadth of the automotive aftermarket. I enjoyed meeting loyal SAN members who helped me better understand the direct effect of the legislation I monitor has on their rights as enthusiasts.

I am thrilled to be working toward the protection of the automotive hobby. If I can help you negotiate the legislative process in your state or locality, don’t hesitate to contact me at 202-794-7917 or at



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