**PICKERINGTON, Ohio **-- The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus -- a bipartisan group that works to promote issues important to motorcyclists -- is gaining strength with the addition of new members, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
Reps. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) and Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) are the latest motorcycling enthusiasts to join this important caucus.
"I am happy to join the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus as we work to promote the freedom to safely ride motorcycles," Walberg said. "As a Charter Life Member of the American Motorcyclist Association and a 40-year motorcycle enthusiast myself, there are few things I enjoy more than getting on my motorcycle with my wife and riding on the open roads in south-central Michigan."
Griffin shared similar sentiments: "As a lifelong motorcyclist and motocross fan, I am honored to be a part of this bipartisan group. I look forward to working with my colleagues to promote this growing sport and improving the safety of my fellow riders."
Ed Moreland, AMA senior vice president for government relations, thanked the legislators for adding their voices to the chorus of lawmakers concerned about the issues of motorcyclists.
"We are looking forward to working with these representatives and the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus on behalf of all motorcyclists," Moreland added. "There are many very important issues on the Hill that affect motorcycling, so it's good to know that there are lawmakers who will take an active interest in motorcyclists' concerns."
Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) serve as co-chairs of the caucus. Other members include Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Michael Conaway (R-Texas), John Duncan (R-Tenn.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Allen West (R-Fla.) and Tim Walz (D-Minn.). ** About the American Motorcyclist Association**
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com