Executive Director for Legislative Affairs
Michael Harrington is the Executive Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Automobile Dealers Association, a national trade association which represents more than 16,000 new car dealers and 2,000 heavy duty truck dealers.
As executive director, Mr. Harrington is responsible for managing NADA’s legislative staff and implementing NADA’s legislative agenda. Mr. Harrington also works on fuel economy, auto finance and highway safety issues. He is the author of the report “Patchwork Proven: Why a Single National Fuel Economy Standard is Better for America than a Patchwork of State Regulations.”
Mr. Harrington began his service at NADA in 2008 as its Chief Legislative Counsel.
Previously, Mr. Harrington was appointed by President George W. Bush to be Director of External Affairs for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In that position, Mr. Harrington served as a NHTSA's liaison to Congress and state governments. Mr. Harrington also served as legislative director to U.S. Rep. Bob Franks (R-N.J.) and deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.).
A native of Cranford, New Jersey and a Rutgers College and Catholic University of America law graduate, Mr. Harrington resides in Bethesda, Md., with his wife Alexandra, and children Grace and Luke.