For more than a century, American Automakers – Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company and Stellantis – have been leaders in the American economy and continue to be the heart of America’s industrial base and an engine of growth for our nation’s economy and manufacturing sector. These American Automakers are represented by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC).
The American Automakers – with their unwavering commitment to vehicle safety, quality, cutting-edge research and development, and unmatched investment in our country’s automotive workforce – are key drivers of the United States’ economic success. Whether its production, sales, exports, investment, jobs or R&D, American Automakers are making crucial contributions to our nation’s economy.
AAPC is a Washington, D.C.-based association helping American Automakers deliver on those commitments by representing Ford, GM and Stellantis on their common public policy interests at the federal and internationals levels.
Who We Are
Governor Matt Blunt
Governor Matt Blunt is the President of the American Automotive Policy Council and the former governor of Missouri. He was elected Missouri's 54th governor in 2004, carrying 101 of the state’s 114 counties. As governor, he erased a $1.1 billion budget deficit, cut taxes, enacted lawsuit reform, fostered a business climate that created over 70,000 new jobs, and increased education funding by $1.2 billion.
In 2011, American Automakers appointed Governor Blunt as AAPC’s president, in part due to his leadership as governor of one of the U.S.'s top automotive and component producing states. Since taking the helm for AAPC, Governor Blunt has raised awareness of the significant economic contributions Ford Motor Company, General Motors Company and Stellantis make to our nation’s economy.
Governor Blunt has helped advocate for trade agreements that will allow for the export of more American-made vehicles to foreign markets and trade policies that help grow the U.S. economy as a whole, especially the auto sector and its extensive manufacturing supply chain. On behalf of AAPC’s member companies, he advocated for a 21st century trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada including testimony in the U.S. House and Senate and other trade forums.
Governor Blunt has promoted the advancement of American Automakers in quality, fuel efficiency and innovation. And he has championed allowing for the acceptance of U.S. auto safety standards in foreign export markets.
Governor Blunt graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in History. Upon leaving active duty in 1998, he remained in the Naval Reserve for nearly ten years and was mobilized for six months after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Governor Blunt and his wife Melanie have two sons, William Branch and Brooks.
Charles D. Uthus
Vice President for International Policy
Chief of Staff
Legal Counsel, Assistant to the President
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