Some key individuals in the history of A.B.A.T.E. of PA

Senator Clarence Bell

Senator Clarence Bell: He was an early and lifelong political supporter. His support actually predates A.B.A.T.E. of PA and is mentioned in a 1976 Harrisburg Patriot Evening News column detailing a MAUL helmet protest rally. Over the years he was a key source of political guidance as A.B.A.T.E. of PA learned the “ropes” of the Harrisburg political process. Following his passing, A.B.A.T.E. of PA created a scholarship fund in his honor and supported legislation naming a highway in his memory.

Representative Mike Veon:

Representative Mike Veon: His name has been on every piece of motorcycle-friendly legislation for more than two decades, either as a sponsor or co-sponsor. Through his influence, A.B.A.T.E. of PA got some of its first floor votes.

Herb Packer

Herb Packer: He was A.B.A.T.E. of PA’s first professional lobbyist. Through his influence, we created BikePAC, which is a political action committee supported by donations from concerned motorcyclists.

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Johnson: He was our second lobbyist. There is no doubt that Bruce put his heart and soul into his lobbying efforts for A.B.A.T.E. of PA. His guidance through the “middle” years of A.B.A.T.E. of PA’s development was crucial to the eventual success.

Charles Umbenhauer

Charles Umbenhauer: Perhaps the one person most influential in the A.B.A.T.E. of PA history. Starting as State Legislative Coordinator in 1985, Charles has guided A.B.A.T.E. of PA’s development as a grass roots lobbying organization since.

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Representative Theresa Forcier

Representative Teresa Forcier: She has been the most influential single Representative on A.B.A.T.E. of PA’s development in recent history. Her involvement and mentoring has aided the organization immeasurably. Time and time again, she has gone to the edge for Pennsylvania’s motorcyclists.

Senator John Wozniak

Senator John Wozniak: In 2003, A.B.A.T.E. of PA was searching for a Senate sponsor for its helmet law modification bill. According to traditional thinking, a Republican would have been ideal. Senator Wozniak (who is a Democrat) showed that traditional thinking was wrong and made the helmet modification a bipartisan issue.

Governor Ed Rendell

Governor Ed Rendell: A.B.A.T.E. of PA got to know Governor Rendell when he was Mayor of Philadelphia. The “For the Kids” Toy run sponsored by the Delaware Valley Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of PA is the largest motorcycle toy run in the country with fifty thousand plus riders attending every year. Mayor Rendell was a Grand Marshall at the Toy Run for many years. When he became Governor, he told A.B.A.T.E. of PA that he was a supporter of motorcyclists, would support helmet law modification, and did so.

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