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Build Relationships With Lawmakers on Your Home Turf

  Founded in 2005, the SEMA-supported State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.
With state legislative sessions adjourning nationwide, lawmakers are returning to their home districts for the remainder of the year. Make the most of this opportunity by learning about lawmakers in your state that have chosen to be recognized for their support of our great American automotive hobby. This esteemed group comprises the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus, which has representation in each of the 50 states. Check out the 143 newest members in the “Caucus Connection” portion of this newsletter on p. 4.

To view the entire roster of caucus members, head over to the SEMA Action Network’s (SAN) website and find the group’s homepage at www.semaSAN.com/state-legislators-who-support-hobby. The page features direct links to each legislator’s public webpage which contains contact information at the capitol and home districts. Helpful information is often available about committee assignments, sponsored-legislation and usually a short biography. The latest state news, comprehensive legislative calendars, leadership listings and other resources are also available.

We encourage you to reach out to those caucus members in your state and show your appreciation for their support. Invite them to a local car show or club meeting. If you are unable to connect with a lawmaker, make an appointment with a staff member. Generally, they are the eyes and ears of the legislator and responsible for drafting, recommending and derailing legislation. Brush up on your presentation skills in advance of a meeting by using tips found in the SAN’s “Guide to Lobbying Your Elected Officials” found at www.semaSAN.com/Lobby.