WASHINGTON (1/7/13)--Two high-profile U.S. House members have been added to the growing Credit Union National Association (CUNA) 2013 Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) lineup: House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and new House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).
McCarthy was recently elected to serve his fourth term in the House of Representatives, and remains a member of the House Financial Services Committee.
Hensarling, who officially began his stint as chairman of that committee when the 113th Congress convened last week, also served as Republican Committee chair in 2012 and was Republican Conference chair of 2011's Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
The 2013 GAC will also feature an enlightening point-counterpoint political discussion between national political stars Haley Barbour and Terry McAuliffe. Barbour, who was once called "the most powerful Republican in politics," has been hailed as one of the country's top political strategists. McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Bill Clinton's re-election committee, most recently led Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic nomination for president. The pair first encountered one another in the 1990s while respectively attacking and defending Clinton, have become friends as well as competitors, and are accustomed to sharing a stage.
NBC News anchor and best-selling author Tom Brokaw and award-winning personal finance journalist and author Jean Chatzky are also scheduled to speak on that same stage.
ABBA tribute band ABBA The Concert will kick off the 2013 GAC on Feb. 24, and more speakers and session topics will be added to the 2013 GAC lineup in the weeks to come.
The 2013 GAC will run until Feb. 28 at the Washington Convention Center.
This year's GAC theme, Powerful Cause, Positive Effect, reflects the credit union commitment to the 95 million working Americans who rely on credit unions every day.
CUNA's GAC is the credit union movement's premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from Congress, presidential administrations and federal regulatory agencies.
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