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Cornerstone Freshmen in the 114th Congress
Friday, January 9, 2015 7:00 AM

Members of the 114th Congress were sworn in this week, including 74 freshman representatives.  Eight of these freshmen are from states in the Cornerstone region.   

Freshman from Arkansas are:

  • Tom Cotton (R), former member of the US House who defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor;
  • French Hill (R-2), former CEO of Delta Trust and Banking Corporation; and
  • Bruce Westerman (R-4), who was Majority Leader in the state House and ran for the House seat vacated by Tom Cotton in his run for Senate.

Freshmen from Oklahoma are:

  • James Lankford (R), former member of the US House who ran in the special Senate election to succeed Tom Coburn; and
  • Steve Russell (R-5), U.S. Army officer and state senator who succeeds James Lankford in the House.

Freshmen from Texas are:

  • John Ratcliffe (R-4), mayor of Heath, Texas, who defeated incumbent Republican Ralph Hall in the primary runoff election;
  • Will Hurd (R-23), Central Intelligence Agency officer who defeated incumbent Democrat Pete Gallego in the midterm elections; and
  • Brian Babin (R-36), a dentist who succeeds Steve Stockman who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate.

“The Cornerstone League looks forward to working with our newly elected congressional representatives,” said Cornerstone Senior Vice President of Advocacy Jim Phelps. “While some of these new representatives have previous experience serving in state or federal government, and thus have some knowledge of credit unions, for the majority this is their first foray into congressional politics.  This provides credit unions with a perfect opportunity to build new relationships and educate representatives on the issues most important to us.”