Former U.S. senator joins AMA as vice president for government relations
September 21, 2011
Former two-term U.S. Senator Wayne
Allard of Colorado has joined the American Motorcyclist Association
(AMA) as vice president for government relations beginning Oct. 3, the
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Senator
Allard to the AMA," said Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO. "The
addition of Senator Allard raises the profile of the AMA significantly
in the corridors of Congress and federal agencies, and his presence
bodes well for motorcyclists nationwide as he serves our mission to
promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of
"We look forward to taking our advocacy to the
next level with Senator Allard leading our government relations efforts
in Washington, D.C.," Dingman said.
Allard, who represented
Colorado during three terms in Congress and two terms in the U.S.
Senate between 1991 to 2009, said he is looking forward to his new
"I am anxious to contribute to the good work of the
AMA, and I look forward to working with the staff and members of the
Association," Allard said. "Colorado's motorcyclists helped me win
elections, and they kept me informed about their issues. The role of
government in our everyday lives is of great concern to motorcyclists,
and I look forward to helping educate our elected officials, agencies
and the public about the vital role that motorcycling plays in
America's economy and way of life."
Born and raised in
Colorado, Allard has a long history of serving the people of that state
and of the nation, first as a member of the state Senate from 1983 to
1991, then as a congressman from 1991 to 1997 and finally as a U.S.
senator from 1997 to 2009.
Allard declined to seek
re-election to the Senate in the 2008 elections, fulfilling a campaign
promise made in 1996 that if elected to the Senate he would only serve
A veterinarian who for many years owned his own
practice in Colorado, Allard grew up on his family's ranch and is an
avid outdoor enthusiast.
While in the Senate, Allard was a
co-sponsor of the James Peak Wilderness Bill that created a 14,000-acre
Wilderness area around the 13,294-foot-high James Peak mountain in
Colorado. The legislation followed the federal definition of Wilderness
established by Congress in 1964, addressed the concerns of a variety of
stakeholders while at the same time preserving property, water and
other rights, and ultimately protected land crucial to Colorado's
Allard currently resides in Loveland, Colo., with
his wife of 44 years, Joan. They have two daughters. He will be
relocating back to Washington, D.C., to work in the AMA office.