WASHINIGTON (1/9/13)--Former credit union employee and freshman congressman Denny Heck (D-Wash.) has been appointed to the House Financial Services Committee. Heck had Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and state credit union league backing during his election effort.
CUNA and the Northwest Credit Union Association (NWCUA) supported Heck with a $10,000 maximum contribution from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council and organized events on his behalf.
| From left to right: Marshall Ellison, TwinStar CU; Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), when a candidate; Marilyn Ball-Brown, Generations CU; Phyllis Kaczmarski, TwinStar; Jeff Kennedy, TwinStar. (NWCUA photo)|
CUNA's and the NWCUA's support was based not only on Heck's past employment at a credit union, but on his in-depth knowledge and stated support of credit unions and their issues, CUNA has said.
The House Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over financial institutions' issues, federal housing policy, Wall Street reform and consumer protection, and commercial insurance. Heck said in a release a seat on this panel was his top request for committee assignment.
"I'm thrilled to be named to the House Financial Services Committee. No sustainable economic recovery can occur in this country without a strong start in the housing sector…
"With major employers, credit unions, financial institutions, and a burgeoning tech-start up industry, Washington has a tremendous and growing stake in the work done under jurisdiction of the Committee," Heck said announcing his appointment.