Credit union representatives from Missouri were in Washington, D.C. as Credit Union Champion Ann Wagner (R-District 2) was sworn in for her first term as a member of the U.S. Congress on January 3. Wagner joins fellow Credit Union Champion, U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-District 1), on the Missouri delegation, which was reduced by redistricting to eight U.S. Representatives.
Missouri Credit Union Association Board Member Mike O’Brien (St. Louis Community Credit Union) and Amy McLard, vice president of Federal Legislative Affairs, met with lawmakers and their staff members on January 3 and 4 on Capitol Hill.
“It was really beneficial to be there as members of Congress took office, especially our newest member,” says O’Brien. “We had great opportunities to meet one-on-one with lawmakers and the staff, look ahead to the legislative session, and reinforce that credit unions in Missouri are paying close attention to legislation and how those actions will impact members and credit unions in our state.”
O’Brien and McLard met U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) and the new staff member who will deal with financial services in her office, as well as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R). Meetings also took place with U.S. Rep. Wagner and her financial services staff member, U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-District 3), and staff members for U.S. Rep. Clay and U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-District 5). Clay, Cleaver, Luetkemeyer and Wagner all serve on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee.
“The Financial Services Committee is very important for credit union issues, and Missouri has four out of its eight members serving on that committee,” says McLard. “This provides credit unions in Missouri with a unique opportunity, and we need to work closely with those members.”
In addition to being appointed to the House Financial Services Committee as a freshman lawmaker - Wagner was elected by her counterparts to represent the 35 incoming GOP freshmen at Republican leadership meetings. In that job, she presents the desires and needs of other Republican first-term members when her party is deliberating in the 113th Congress.
Credit union leaders will have an opportunity to meet with all of Missouri’s members of Congress during the Credit Union National Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC), February 24-28, in Washington, D.C. Hill visits will take place on February 27 and 28. For more information about GAC legislative events for Missouri attendees, contact Amy McLard, 314.542.1370.