AUSTIN, Texas (1/16/15)--Leaders of the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions were on hand in Austin to witness the swearing-in of the 84th Texas Legislature Tuesday, and also meet with key state lawmakers and regulators (Leaguer Jan. 15).
Members of the Houston Chapter of Credit Unions meet at the Texas Credit Union Association during the opening of the state's legislative session. (Cornerstone Credit Union League Photo)
After meeting with Credit Union Commissioner Harold Feeney and National Credit Union Administration Regional Director Keith Morton at the Texas Credit Union Association offices, a group of 14 credit union leaders walked to the Capitol to meet with a number of Houston-area lawmakers and their staffs.
Cindy Hester, president/CEO of Union Fidelity FCU, Houston, with $19 million in assets, said the group had a productive meeting on financial literacy issues with Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), who is a longtime credit union member.
A group that included Brian Gilbert, president/CEO of Members Trust of the Southwest FCU, Houston, with $84 million in assets, met with Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) and Rep. Gary Elkins (R-Houston) to talk about the increasing number of data breaches where payment card information is compromised.
"Congratulations to the Houston Chapter for a very successful lobby day," said Jim Phelps, senior vice president of advocacy for the Cornerstone Credit Union League. "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 interest."
Members of the Houston Chapter will return to Austin Feb. 9-10 for the Texas Governmental Affairs Conference.
The Houston Chapter credit unions participating in the trip were: