Many Congressmen can say they have business experience. But only a handful can say they have dealership experience.
There are seven dealers-turned-politicians in Congress, says Dave Regan, executive vice chairman of legislative affairs at NADA. Although they might appear similar at first glance -- they're all white males, mostly Republican, and largely hail from swing states -- the roles they play in Congress vary.
Regan said having congressmen that know what dealers go through and understand how dealerships operate is valuable to NADA as it advocates for its goals on Capitol Hill. He said the dealers' continued success at the polling booths is no coincidence.
"Any effective dealer is connected with his community, just like a successful congressman is," he said.
Here are profiles of the seven dealers-turned-congressmen followed by some other dealers with political ties.