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S. 2155 passes: CUNA/leagues/CUs back bill in media

Wednesday, May 23, 2018  
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Credit Union National Association (May 22, 2018) - Though CUNA and state credit unions leagues maintained contact with members of Congress during consideration of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), credit unions around the country took to the pages of local newspapers and other media outlets to demonstrate the numerous ways the bill will help them serve their communities better.


CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle penned several op-eds about the need for the bill, and also appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box in March. CUNA Vice President of Research and Policy Analysis Mike Schenk discussed the bill’s positive impacts on consumer credit with the Washington Examiner in April.


In addition, Credit unions and leagues around the country placed more than 60 op-eds and letters to the editors in local papers in 26 states.


Credit union earned media for S. 2155 includes:


  • R. Scott Woods, president/CEO of SC FSCU, wrote an op-ed in the Post and Courier;
  • In Montana, Leslie Womack, president of Montana Educators’ CU; Silvia Davis, manager of St. Patrick Hospital's Employees FCU; and Darci Parsons, president/CEO of Ravalli County FCU, contributed an op-ed to The Missoulian;
  • Two Minnesota credit union leaders, Charles Albrecht, CEO of Mid-Minnesota FCU, and Debora Almirall, president/CEO of Minnesota Power Employees CU wrote in support of S. 2155;
  • Op-eds from Kevin Ryan, president/CEO of Financial Center First CU, Indianapolis, Ind., that appeared in seven local papers;
  • In Virginia, Rick Finley, CEO of WJC FCU, wrote a guest column in The Virginian-Pilot; 2/27
  • Mary Ott Wood, president/CEO of the Florida West Coast CU, wrote to the Tampa Bay Times and Panama City News Herald;
  • In Maine, Tina Jamo, president/CEO of Katahdin FCU, Laurie Gaudreau, an assistant vice president of York County FCU and Jason Lindstrom, president/CEO of Evergreen CU wrote in support of the bill;
  • An op-ed from Dan McCue, senior vice president of corporate administration for Alaska USA FCU, that appeared in the Juneau Empire;
  • David Clendaniel, former CEO of Dover FCU, praised the bill in a letter to the editor that appeared in the print edition of Delaware State News;
  • Two New Hampshire credit union leaders, David W. Van Rossum, president/CEO, Service CU, and Brian Hughes, president/CEO, Holy Rosary CU, wrote to local papers;
  • In Wyoming, Kimberly Withers, president/CEO of Meridian Trust FCU and Jeremy Gibson, CEO of Trona Valley FCU, wrote articles in local papers;
  • Sherri Stumpf, CEO of Blackhawk Community CU, wrote an op-ed for the Janesville Gazette, hometown paper of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.);
  • Brent Helin, Iowa Credit Union League chair and CEO of Des Moines Metro CU, Urbandale Iowa, thanked Sens. Chuck Grassley (R) and Joni Ernst (R) for supporting S. 2155;
  • Four credit union leaders in Ohio, Laura Roberts, CEO of Chivaho FCU, Brian McCue, CEO of Unity Catholic FCU, Barry Shaner, president/CEO of Directions CU and JeannieFye, COO of CSE FCU sent letters to community papers;
  • In Michigan, Kristen Taber, Members First CU and Lisa Gray, Dow Chemical Employees’ CU, wrote in the Midland Daily News;
  • In California, Eric Bruen, president/CEO of Desert Valleys FCU, Ridgecrest, Calif. and Vernon Powers, board chair of Safe 1 CU, Bakersfield, Calif. wrote letters to their local papers;
  • Rick Nichols, president/CEO of River Region CU had an op-ed run in two Missouri papers, while Lisa Ginter, CEO of CommunityAmerica CU, wrote a letter to the editorfor the Kansas City Star;
  • Valerie Brooks, CEO of Simplot Employees CU, Caldwell, Idaho, wrote to the Idaho Press-Tribune; and
  • Wayne Grosse, president/CEO of Bethpage FCU, contributed an op-ed to Long Island Business News.


League efforts included:


  • Anne Cochran, president/CEO of the Louisiana Credit Union League, wrote op-edsthat appeared in six newspapers;
  • Mark Cummins, president/CEO of the Minnesota Credit Union Network, asked for support for the bill in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press;
  • Tracie Kenyon, president/CEO of Montana’s Credit Unions, wrote an op-ed that was featured in five papers in the state;
  • Brad Douglas, president/CEO of the Heartland Credit Union Association, wrote an op-ed for the Topeka Capital-Journal, The Missouri Times and the Kansas City Star;
  • Jeff Olson, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas, wrote a piece for Inforum;
  • Georgia Credit Union Association President/CEO Mike Mercer wrote an op-ed for three business publications in Valdosta, Atlanta and Savannah;
  • David Frankil, president/CEO of the New Jersey Credit Union League, wrote letters to the editor that appeared in two papers;
  • J. Scott Sullivan, president/CEO of the Nebraska Credit Union League, contributed an op-ed to the Omaha World-Herald; and
  • Patrick Conway, president/CEO of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association, wrote an op-ed for Credit Union Journal.


For a look at CUNA/league advocacy when it came to contacting members of Congress, see “S. 2155 passes: CUNA, leagues push Congress for support” in today’s CUNA News.

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