MRF Announces Hiring Of New Lobbyist

On Monday, November 10, 1997, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation announced the appointment of Steve P. Zimmer to the position of MRF Lobbyist for the Washington office. This is the result of a month long search for a replacement for Wayne T. Curtin who has held this position for nine years.

MRF President Mark Buckner explained the selection process, "This appointment is the result of a month's effort by the search committee composed of four members of the MRF Board of Directors. Numerous resumes were reviewed from which a short list was developed. Candidates on the short list were then interviewed and tested by the search committee and finally a single candidate was submitted to the MRF Board of Directors for approval."

Mr. Zimmer comes to the MRF as a motorcyclist of 26 years and with fourteen years experience as a motorcyclists' rights activist with Freedom of the Road Riders of Missouri. He served the last six of these fourteen years in the employ of FORR as a professional motorcyclists' rights lobbyist in the Missouri state government arena. Although anxious to take on the challenge of his new position he has a bit of regret leaving Missouri as he suspects the motorcyclists' rights activists there may be on the verge of a major legislative victory for which he has worked long and hard.

Zimmer expects to spend a few days at the MRF office in Washington next week and then return December 1 to start full-time. Recognizing the current legislative situation for the MRF in Congress, Zimmer stated, "We are in a better position in the Federal legislative arena today then we have ever been and will concentrate on a successful completion of the MRF 's legislative agenda in the next several months."

Outgoing lobbyist, Wayne Curtin said "The MRF is fortunate to get a person of Zimmer's qualifications for this position." Curtin intends to spend the next several weeks introducing Zimmer to the Washington environment.

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