COLUMBIA, Md. (11/11/08)--Credit unions in Maryland and the District of Columbia are well-positioned for advocacy work, said the Maryland and District of Columbia Credit Union Association (MDDCCUA)’s political consultant, Jeff Trammel, during a conference call hosted by MDDCCUA last week. Trammel hosted the call with MDDCCUA President Mike Beall, and advocacy staffers Jennifer Porter Gore and Aaron Glaser. The call focused on the outcome of this year’s elections and their effect on credit unions. Credit unions are in the enviable position of having key leaders in Congress, and have a good track record of attaining 100% for regulatory reform legislation in the past Congress, he added (Focus Newsletter Nov. 10). However, “there is a new ball game, and a different set of issues. The economy will be the prism through which everything else is seen,” Trammel said. All seven Maryland incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected to their seats. Rep. Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.) also was re-elected. Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) was elected to the House of Representatives in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District (The New York Times Nov. 8). Credit unions will have to educate him, Trammel said. With changes in Congress, credit unions will have to “reset” discussion with lawmakers and staff, Trammel said. They also will have to “put the shoulder to the wheel” to educate the 111th Congress, he added.