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Advocacy at Home: Krause Addresses Fort Worth Chapter of CUs
Thursday, August 6, 2015 7:00 AM

Rep. Krause

The Fort Worth Chapter of Credit Unions invited a special guest to attend their July dinner meeting. Texas State Rep. Matt Krause (R-HD93) addressed more than 50 professionals representing credit unions in Tarrant County. 

American Airlines Federal Credit Union Government and Industry Relations Manager Walter Furnace said, "Rep. Krause has earned a position of respect and trust by the Texas credit union industry." 

Krause has done a number of things that have helped him earn that high praise. During the 2015 Texas Governmental Affairs Conference, Krause welcomed a delegation of Tarrant County credit union professionals into his office to share information on legislation supported by credit unions. He supported a number of credit union bills during the recent legislative session, including a vote to exempt credit unions from the legislation “relating to disclosures on selection or modification of an account by a customer of a financial institution.”

Krause, whose district includes North Tarrant County and North Arlington—and the Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium and the Texas Ranger’s Ball Park—also voted in support of the bill to extend the Sunset Date of the Texas Credit Union Department from September 2019 to September 2021.

During the recent chapter meeting, Krause provided a legislative update on the state budget, including information on the reductions in statewide property taxes, adequate funding for the Texas Employees’ Pension Fund, and dedicated transportation funding for Texas highway construction.

In addition to engaging with your state lawmakers, remember that Congress is on recess for the month of August. Federal legislators are now in their home districts, so this is the perfect time to make contact. "Hike at home" by holding or attending town hall meetings, inviting your lawmakers to visit your credit union, and participating in a variety of other advocacy activities that will allow your staff to get politically engaged, cultivate and grow relationships, and advance the credit union movement.