WASHINGTON (8/26/14)--Credit Union National Association interim President/CEO Bill Hampel praised John Magill, executive vice president for government affairs and special assistant to the president, who announced Monday he will leave his position at CUNA on Sept. 5.
John Magill has been "a significant leader" at CUNA and will be "sorely missed," CUNA interim President/CEO Bill Hampel said Monday after Magill announced he would leave CUNA on Sept. 5. Magill (left) is shown here discussing credit union matters with House Financial Service Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas). (CUNA Photo)
Hampel said of Magill, "He has been a significant leader in CUNA's advocacy team for almost nine years." Hampel added that Magill will be "sorely missed" and "we wish him well."
Magill, a 30-year veteran of Capitol Hill, joined CUNA in May 2006 as senior vice president of legislative affairs. He was promoted to the executive vice president post in July 2011.
During his years as an EVP, CUNA waged a battle to protect the credit union tax status as Washington policymakers considered tax code changes.
That effort was rewarded by the absence of credit union changes in a House Ways and Means Committee draft tax code reforms early this year. CUNA's pro-credit campaign included its groundbreaking "Don't Tax My Credit Union" social media blitz, which generated more than 1.3 million messages of support and garnered a Grassroots Innovation Award from the Public Affairs Council.
Also during Magill's tenure, CUNA has successfully advocated for a long series of credit union regulatory relief bills that have been introduced in the House and the Senate. Most recently, they include such legislation as the Senate's RELIEVE Act, to give credit unions parity to banks in a deposit insurance coverage issue; and, on the House side, such bills as one that orders a federal study the impact of the Federal Reserve Board's monetary reserve requirements, and a bill to ease some property appraisal requirements.
"It's been a fulfilling, rewarding experience and an important part of my life," Magill said of his time at CUNA. He noted that it is expected that a new CUNA president/CEO will be named in the next few weeks.
"So the timing is right for me to step into my next challenge in our nation's capital, where so many of us are fortunate to work and call home," he noted.
Magill said, however, credit unions folks should expect to him around from time to time as he continues to "help out on a few matters."
As executive vice president for government affairs and special assistant to the president, Magill provided strategic counsel on legislative and political issues while overseeing the day-to-day operations of those key advocacy areas. He also handled a number of administrative and other related matters inherent in the daily operations of the CUNA Washington office.