• May 23rd 2010 at 7:07PM
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Look at any legislation related to cars, and it seems pretty obvious that lawmakers hate automobiles. While it seems odd that people who get driven around Washington D.C. gridlock in full-size SUVs are railing against the same kind of vehicles, there's also a contingent of legislators on the state level who understand that "suck, squeeze, bang, blow" has nothing to do with Clinton-era interns.
For the last five years, SEMA has partnered with state lawmakers interested in preserving and protecting the automotive hobby in the form of the State Automotive Enthusiast Leadership Caucus. If you're a gearhead interested in knowing who your friends are at your state's Capitol when it comes to the love of cars, SEMA's list of state Senators, Reps and Assemblymen who are members of the Caucus is where to go.

There are even photos of some members posing with their personal rides. It's a .pdf-based e-document, but you can easily figure out where to send your greasy-fingerprinted, crayon-composed love letters.

[Source: SEMA.org]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I realize that it doesn't make for as sexy a story, but in general members of Congress do not get chauffered about Washington in SUVs. They can lease vehicles for official use through their offices, but it comes out of their fixed office budget, so only about 1/4 of them do it. Also, I'm unconvinced that voting differently than SEMA members prefer is necessarily equivalent to "hating" cars any more than voting differently than the AFL-CIO prefers is necessarily equivalent to hating workers, although in some cases either may be so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That Clinton reference was awesome.
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        I did not inhale...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hitler could have loved cars too. Doesn't mean I'd vote for him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In other news, there are no longer ANY "pro-auto hobby lawmakers" in California, home of many custom part manufacturers' headquarters, multiple car manufacturers' headquarters and some would argue the center of car customization culture. Gotta love this state!
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