Charles Umbenhauer

"It was never about the helmet, it was about choice."
—Charles Umbenhauer

Charles Umbenhauer

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Between the Lines November 2019 issue

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Last month’s issue in October was entitled the Search is On which detailed our searching for a new lobbyist to lead us into 2020.  The search is now concluded.  Before I disclose who was chosen I want to talk a little about the process and how in the end the vote was taken to declare our new lobbyist.  A few months ago our state coordinator Tom Bogacki and his assistant Kevin Snyder asked me to send out a few letters in search of a new lobbyist.  There are  well over a thousand registered lobbyist in Harrisburg and I am not going to say that I know them all.  But after 20 plus years walking the halls of the state capitol and attending hundreds of fundraisers I have a pretty good inside look at who is doing what and who has gained a good reputation as lobbyists and who has not.  It was still a daunting job to pick out those to write a letter to and offer them the opportunity to send a proposal. 

After the final date for submitting passed Tom Detrick, my associate and myself reviewed the proposals and selected three that we felt were the most qualified and that we could afford.  We then set up interviews and spent time with each of the three final candidates.  I then sent them to Tom Bogacki, Kevin Snyder, Paul Hundertmark and John Kruger to review and the results of the interviews.  Each one voted and then at the Grand Board Meeting.  Tom asked the President’s in attendance to concur with the vote of the Executive Board’s decision.  They concurred with the vote and Wojdak Government Relations was selected and will take over lobbying from me at the end of this year.  Steve Crawford is the President of Wojdak and I have known Steve since he was on Governor Rendell’s staff and was present when we successfully modified our helmet law in 2003.  Steve has a good idea of who we are and what our goals are and I have every confidence that we made the correct decision. 

Next month for the December issue I will offer my last Politics Biker Style for Between the Lines.  It is a bittersweet time but I know it is the correct time to bow out.  I have committed to help with this years L & L Seminar so those of you that are planning on coming will get to see me there once more.  Thanks to all those who have supported me over the years.