David Koehler

PODCAST: Connecting with lawmakers

Build key relationships with legislators, says Illinois State Senator David Koehler.

September 24, 2021

Credit unions across the country work to build better communities. Sharing stories of support is a critical component of Advancing Communities, an initiative launched by America’s Credit Unions.

It’s also important to share these stories with lawmakers, to help them understand the vital roles credit unions fulfill in their communities.

This episode of the CUNA News Podcast features Illinois State Senator David Koehler.

As a credit union board member for more than 20 years, Koehler is uniquely positioned to understand the credit union difference. He says his board service provided him with a learning experience he has carried with him as a legislator.

Koehler encourages credit unions to forge relationships with lawmakers. He also outlines key information and resources that credit unions should share with legislators in order to advocate effectively.

You can listen to the CUNA News Podcast in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher Radio.

In this episode:

1:22: Credit union experience

2:11: The road to public service

3:52: Lessons from board service

5:08: Relating to legislators

6:30: What lawmakers need to know

7:54: Serving in public office

9:33: CU-friendly legislation

10:56: Advocacy advice

12:08: "The backbone of our communities"