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Meeting with Congressional Candidates in Kansas & Missouri

In the final weeks before the November 8 election, credit union leaders are meeting with candidates running for U.S. Congress in both Missouri and Kansas.


U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO District 3) is seeking re-election to U.S. Congress. He met with credit union leaders in Jefferson City on October 20. Luetkemeyer, who serves on the House Financial Services Committee, has a strong focus on regulatory relief efforts. He co-wrote a letter sent to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) on October 19, requesting clear regulatory guidance in connection with the practice of “de-risking.”

“This is something that impacts credit unions as well as other financial institutions, and that is why we wrote the letter to the NCUA asking for their clarification on these issues,” said Luetkemeyer.

Luetkemeyer was also one of twelve lawmakers to sign a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding the agency’s proposed small dollar loan rule. Learn more about it.

Participating credit union organizations included:

  • Employment Security Credit Union
  • Heartland Credit Union Association
  • Missouri Credit Union
  • River Region Credit Union
  • St. Louis Community Credit Union
  • United Credit Union

Dr. Roger Marshall, who won the Republican primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, is seeking the U.S. Congressional District 1 seat for Kansas. Marshall met with more than a dozen credit union staff and volunteers at Heartland Credit Union in Hutchinson, Kansas on October 24.  Attendees highlighted how credit unions are different from other financial institutions and what impact credit unions have on local communities and economies. 

Erich Schaefer, president of Golden Plains Credit Union (Garden City, KS), provided a timely example of the member impact of credit unions. “My staff just received an email today from a member, thanking us for what we have done to help that member, and I thought I’d share it with you,” said Schaefer to Marshall before reading it. “The email ends with, ‘That is why I will always be a credit union member…’”

The group also focused on key credit union concerns and legislation, including the credit union tax status, regulatory relief and reform, and data security.

Credit union organizations represented at the Marshall meeting included:

  • Credit Union of America
  • Golden Plains Credit Union
  • Heartland Credit Union
  • Heartland Credit Union Association
  • McPherson Co-Op Credit Union
  • Meritrust Credit Union
  • Mid American Credit Union