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Houston Chapter Visits Capital for Swearing in of Texas Legislature
Thursday, January 15, 2015 7:00 AM

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the 84th Texas Legislature was sworn into office. Leaders from the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions met at the Texas Credit Union Association in Austin to watch the opening ceremonies and to meet with Credit Union Commissioner Harold Feeney and National Credit Union Administration Regional Director Keith Morton.

Commissioner Feeney
Credit Union Department Commissioner Harold Feeney Speaks to Houston Chapter of Credit Unions

Afterward, the group of leaders representing 14 credit unions walked to the capitol and met with 40 Houston-area lawmakers and their staffs.

Union Fidelity CEO/President Cindy Hester reported their group had an excellent visit with Sen. Sylvia Garcia (District 6). Sen. Garcia said that she has been a credit union member for a long time and really likes her credit union.  The group also discussed financial literacy issues that the Senator is interested in working on.

Keith Morton
NCUA Regional Director Keith Morton Speaks to Houston Chapter of Credit Unions

Members Trust President/CEO Brian Gilbert reported that his group had a visit with Rep. Sylvester Turner (District 139), and that Turner said he "appreciated the value that credit unions provided to people in his district, and he liked working with credit unions." Gilbert and others in the Houston group also met with Rep. Gary Elkins, discussing several issues, including the increasing number of data breaches compromising plastic card data.

Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman said, "We appreciate all the credit union leaders who came to Austin for opening day. Their involvement is critical to credit union legislative advocacy."

Houston Chapter members
Houston Chapter of Credit Union members gather at Texas Credit Union Association.

"Congratulations to the Houston Chapter for a very successful lobby day," said Jim Phelps, Cornerstone Credit Union League SVP of Advocacy. "Chapters have an opportunity to play a key role during the legislative session by organizing trips to the Capitol to build relationships with lawmakers, and by activating local credit unions in support of credit union legislative interests."

Many members of the Houston Chapter will be returning February 9-10 for the Texas Governmental Affairs Conference and will have the opportunity to visit lawmakers to further discuss credit union issues and build relationships with their legislators.

Rep. Brandon Creighton
Rep. Brandon Creighton speaks with MemberSource CEO Kenny Harrington.

Participating Houston Chapter credit unions included Community Resource Credit Union, Energy Capital Credit Union, Houston Highway Credit Union, Houston Texas Fire Fighters Federal Credit Union, Members Choice Federal Credit Union, Members Trust of the Southwest Federal Credit Union, MemberSource Credit Union, People's Trust Federal Credit Union, Port of Houston Credit Union, Space City Credit Union, SPCO Credit Union, Texas Bay Area Credit Union, Union Fidelity Federal Credit Union, and United Community Credit Union.

Rep. Gary Elkins with Tim Adams
Rep. Gary Elkins speaks with SPCO Credit Union CEO Tim Adams
Sen. Sylvia Garcia with Houston chapter
Members from the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions meet with Sen. Sylvia Garcia.
Sen. Rodney Ellis with Houston chapter
Members from the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions meet with Sen. Rodney Ellis.