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Ohio CU friends fare well in redistricting
DUBLIN, Ohio (9/28/11)--U.S. legislators in Ohio who support credit unions or are deemed credit union friendly fared well in the state's new, consolidated 16 congressional districts, said the Ohio Credit Union League. The redistricting measures in the state were announced earlier this month, the league said (eLumination Newsletter Sept. 21). Although all remaining districts encountered some tinkering, long-time credit union champions U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D) , Steve LaTourette (R) and Tim Ryan (D) should be unaffected, said John Florian, league vice president of government affairs. U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D), another credit union advocate, should retain the revised district, said the league. However, the redistricting means that two strong supporters of credit unions--U.S. Reps. Jim Renacci (R) and Betty Sutton (D)--will be pitted against one another in one of the heavily modified districts. Sutton has long supported expansion of member business lending authority and credit unions' tax status, while Renacci was a strong voice on the House Committee on Financial Services for delaying the interchange amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act, the league said. Other credit union friends--U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot and Steve Stivers, both Republicans--appear safe in their districts. "Overall, credit unions came out well in the process," said Florian. The new districts were recently signed into law by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florian told News Now.


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