Texas state Rep. David N. Gonzalez (D) is the newest member of the Texas Car Parts Board, a state board established by state lawmakers to regulate car parts makers.
Gonzalez will replace longtime board member Mark Kupfer.
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The board was established in January 2017.
Its primary purpose is to oversee car parts manufacturing in Texas.
The board’s members include representatives from car parts manufacturers like Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, and Honda, as well as the Texas Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.
“I am extremely excited to be the newest addition to this powerful and important body of work,” Gonzalez said in a statement.
“The Texas Car Part Board is one of the few agencies of its kind in the country dedicated to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of consumers and working to preserve and enhance the quality of our consumer products.
I’m proud to serve as a board member of this board, which is comprised of the people who make this state’s automotive parts products.
The Texas Car Product Council and the Texas Auto Parts Manufactors Association are very pleased to welcome my membership into this important body.”
The Texas Automobile Parts Manufactores Association has lobbied for the creation of a statewide car parts safety agency in the state.
The group’s president, Chuck Smith, said in an email that the new board is a great addition to the auto parts industry and a welcome addition to our membership.
The American Automobile Association has endorsed Gonzalez as a candidate for president.
The National Automobile Dealers Association, which represents car manufacturers in the U.S., has endorsed him as a potential vice president of the association.
The Association of Automobile Manufacturers is the largest association of car dealers in the United States.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.