WASHINGTON (2/5/13)--Credit union friend and past Credit Union National Association Governmental Affairs Conference guest Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has joined the list of star speakers at this year's conference.
At last year's GAC, Tester said credit unions and small businesses are "the backbone of America," and declared his commitment to serve the needs of rural Americans--and credit unions' role within that vision.
Tester has worked closely with CUNA, the Montana Credit Union Network and Montana credit unions to address interchange issues and other credit union concerns. He also successfully defended his senate seat in November with the help of credit unions, CUNA and the league. CUNA President/CEO Bill Cheney just after the November elections noted "there are a lot of people in Washington that said it was impossible for Tester to be reelected in one of the reddest of red states." However, he said, credit union efforts helped push Tester over the top.
Tester will speak during the morning general session on Feb. 27.
Other legislators on the GAC speaking schedule include: Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Democratic National Committee Chairman and credit union supporter Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and credit union champions Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.). House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Financial Services Committee senior member Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) are also slated to speak at the 2013 GAC.
CUNA's 2013 GAC will take place Feb. 24-28 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 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.
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