WASHINGTON -- Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt today was named to head a Washington group that lobbies for the Detroit 3 automakers.
Blunt, 40, replaces Steve Collins, who retired in October as president of the American Automotive Policy Council, the organization said in a statement.
The group was formed in October 2009 to represent General Motors, Ford and Chrysler on international trade and economic policy matters.
It has called for an end to what it calls “discriminatory” state and local taxes on rental cars. The group has supported a “Manufacturing in America” plan and development of common approaches to energy and global climate proposals, its statement said.
Blunt, a Republican, was Missouri governor from 2005 to 2009. He is the son of new U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, also a Missouri Republican.
The American Automotive Policy Council also employs Debbie Dingell, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. She works on labor relations, grass roots, and coalition building, the statement said.