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Cornerstone Selects Huffman as New President of Texas Credit Union Association
Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:55 AM

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For 32 years, Jeff Huffman has been the quiet but powerful voice of credit unions in the Texas Legislature and with the Texas Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. He has worked tirelessly—often well past midnight, after the day's legislative session finally ended—meeting face to face with lawmakers to ensure that the concerns of credit unions didn't get overlooked.

Huffman's "whatever it takes" attitude has influenced public policy and legislation that benefits all credit unions in Texas. And it is because of this drive, commitment, and expertise that Cornerstone Credit Union League CEO Dick Ensweiler selected Huffman as the new president of the Texas Credit Union Association, the advocacy office for the League in Austin.

Ensweiler explains, "Jeff has long been 'our man' in Austin. His commitment to credit unions is bar none, and his working knowledge of legislative and regulatory issues in Texas is unparalleled. He knows the players, and he knows the Capitol and its workings, which puts him in an optimum position for leading a successful TCUA advocacy office." 

As president of TCUA, Huffman continues to be responsible for lobbying, developing legislative strategy and political involvement programs, and presenting the credit union message to the Texas Legislature and the Texas Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.

Huffman joined the Texas Credit Union League in 1982 as a credit union consultant. Since 1984, Huffman has been the primary legislative contact and lobbyist for the trade association, during which time he has successfully worked on a variety of state issues, including the Texas Credit Union Department Sunset legislation in both 1997 and 2009; creation of the Texas Finance Code amending the constitution to allow home equity lending and home equity lines of credit; the rewrite of the Texas Banking Code and the Texas Credit Code authorizing the Texas Credit Union Department to be a self-directed, semi-independent agency; numerous amendments to the Texas Credit Union Act; appropriations issues; and protecting state-chartered credit unions' tax status.

Huffman has also worked on many federal issues, including the Credit Union Membership Access Act (HR 1151), which overturned the Supreme Court decision on the AT&T FCU case; bankruptcy reform; regulatory relief legislation; preserving the credit union federal tax exemption; deposit insurance reform; and legislation to consolidate the NCUA into a single banking regulator.

Huffman graduated from Texas Tech University with a BBA in Finance. He also graduated in the first class from the ACULE Certified League Executive program at the University of Wisconsin.