Wayne Weikel

Vice President, State Affairs

Wayne has been with Auto Innovators since its inception in 2020 and was previously with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers since 2012.  In his role as Vice President of State Government Affairs, he oversees a team of 4 regional directors and a nationwide network of in-state lobbyists. Wayne leads the association’s engagement with governors, state legislators, and other advocacy/policy organizations on a diverse portfolio of public policy topics of interest to member companies.  Wayne formerly served as a board member of the OEM Collision Parts Roundtable, an auto industry group formed to advocate on behalf of consumer interests in post-accident vehicle repairs. 

Before moving to Washington, Wayne worked for 11 years in the Massachusetts State House, most recently as Chief of Staff and Policy Director of the House Committee on Ways and Means.  In this capacity Wayne was responsible for leading the development of the state’s $27 billion annual budget. Prior to that, Wayne spent time on the Joint Committee on Financial Services as Chief of Staff and Policy Director for current Speaker of the House, Ronald Mariano. In this role, Wayne was part of the negotiating team that produced Massachusetts’ landmark 2006 Health Reform law, and also led legislative efforts to deregulate the automobile insurance industry. 

Throughout the years, Wayne has been involved with countless political campaigns, including work at the local, state, Congressional, and Presidential levels.  Wayne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Bridgewater State University, in Massachusetts.  Wayne lives in D.C. with his wife, Kristy.