Jennifer Keaton appointed director of government affairs for Auto Care Association

Keaton's main responsibility will be to lobby for the automotive aftermarket with federal and state authorities and relevant regulatory bodies, a crucial step in navigating state laws and regulations that affect the auto care sector.

The Auto Care Association announced the appointment of Jennifer Keaton as its new director of government affairs, indicating a fresh direction for the organization’s advocacy efforts.

Keaton’s main responsibility will be to lobby for the automotive aftermarket with federal and state authorities and relevant regulatory bodies, a crucial step in navigating state laws and regulations that affect the auto care sector.

“We are very pleased to have Jennifer joining the Auto Care team,” said Bill Hanvey, president and CEO, Auto Care Association. “Her years of hands-on Hill experience will be invaluable to our industry as we face increased regulations and restrictions on vehicle data access. She is a quick study and has already proven to be a great asset to our team.”

Keaton joins the Auto Care Association from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, where she served as the vice president of congressional affairs. Prior to that, she accumulated a decade’s worth of legislative experience on Capitol Hill. She held key roles including legislative director for Representative Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio, Senior Legislative Assistant for Representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, and Legislative Aide for Representative Ron Klink of Pennsylvania.

Keaton earned her undergraduate degrees in political science and international studies and a master’s in international affairs, all from American University in Washington, D.C. She is from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Keaton expressed her enthusiasm for her new role, stating that she felt “honored and excited” to champion for the aftermarket. She expressed particular eagerness about advocating on the critical issue of the right to repair, underscoring her commitment to the causes of the industry.


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