Charles Umbenhauer, a motorcycle enthusiast for more than 40 years, spends most of his time working on legislative issues which affect Pennsylvania motorcyclists.
In 1986, Charles co-founded BikePAC, a political action committee for motorcyclists, and continues to be active in its administration. The PAC has become a model for other state motorcyclists organizations, many of which have formed their own PACs.
Presently, Charles is the lobbyist for A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, a position he has held since October, 2000. Prior to his hiring as lobbyist, he was the state legislative coordinator for A.B.A.T.E. of Pennsylvania, a position he held nearly continuously for 14 years. Charles spends an enormous amount of his time meeting with legislators, attending legislative sessions, and lobbying at the state capitol.
Charles has influenced hundreds, perhaps thousands of motorcyclists to get involved in the political system, understand how government functions, and take the time to thoroughly and clearly express issues of importance to their elected and appointed officials. He was instrumental in organizing the annual Motorcyclists Rights Rally held every May at the state capitol, and has sacrificed enormous amounts of time, energy and resources in the pursuit of freedom of choice for adult motorcyclists.
In 2015 Rob Dingman, AMA President/CEO, presented the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles Umbenhauer.