WASHINGTON (2/19/16)--Charles “Chuck” Zuver, former senior vice president and director of governmental affairs of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), died Feb. 14. Zuver, who lived in Alexandria, Va., was 83.
“Chuck was a very successful credit union advocate,” said CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle, who was lobbied by Zuver while he was in the House of Representatives. “He had a great passion for credit unions and for the people who worked for them.”
Zuver began working for CUNA on Aug. 1, 1987, leading the operations of the Washington, D.C., office, primarily during Ralph Swoboda’s presidency. He retired Dec. 31, 1997.
“He was very well-connected with officials at the highest level on the Hill,” said CUNA Chief Policy Officer Bill Hampel, who worked with Zuver during his tenure at CUNA. “Even more telling, he was on a first-name basis with most of the elevator operators and security personnel.”
Zuver came to CUNA from the American Bankers Association where he was senior legislative counsel. He also worked for Sen. Carl Hayden (D-Ariz.) and was a staff assistant for Lyndon Johnson during his terms as a senator from Texas and vice president (American Banker 7/25/94).