All Politics Is Local

SEMA News—December 2015


By Christian Robinson

All Politics Is Local

SEMA Members Connect With Congress in Home Districts
From the Hill
Rick Love (left), Vintage Air executive vice president, with U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Jack Chisenhall (right), Vintage Air founder.

SEMA-member companies recently made connections with their elected representatives. As a result of a visit to air-conditioning manufacturer Vintage Air last summer, U.S. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) agreed to co-sponsor the Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015. Vintage Air executives Jack Chisenhall and Rick Love were able to catch up with Rep. Smith in San Antonio to say thank you.

If enacted into law, the Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 would create a new regulatory system for manufacturers who make a small number of replica vehicles. These cars would be made to resemble those 25 years and older. As it stands now, even the smallest manufacturers are held to the same stringent one-size-fits-all regulations as the largest. Under the proposed program, low-volume automakers would be allowed to make up to 500 turn-key replica cars per year. It would also allow companies such as Vintage Air to market air-conditioning systems to these manufacturers.

“Supporting the Low Volume Vehicle Manufacturers legislation was an easy choice,” Rep. Smith said. “This bill will help create jobs for both the auto manufacturers and the companies that supply their parts.”

From the Hill
Chris Kersting (left), SEMA president and CEO, met with U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Turn 14 Distribution CEO Jon Pulli (second right) and Driven Performance Brands Chief Marketing Officer Nate Shelton (right).

U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA) is one of Washington, D.C.’s freshest faces. In 2014, he was elected to represent northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County in Congress after running on a message of working with both parties to get things accomplished. He brought that message to a SEMA town-hall meeting at Turn 14 Distribution in Montgomeryville this summer.

“Working with members of all parties should be the rule, not the exception,” Rep. Boyle said. “If you focus on doing right for your constituents, you can get a lot done.”

Prior to his election to Congress, Boyle served in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. While there, he backed SEMA-supported legislation to provide vehicle owners with the option of using vintage, original-model-year license plates on antique and classic vehicles.

For more information on planning your own Congressional District Site Visit, contact Christian Robinson in the SEMA government affairs office at

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