Legislators, Regulators Show Support for Oregon’s Credit Unions

The nearly 300 credit union advocates representing Oregon’s credit unions weren’t the only people talking about the credit union difference at last Wednesday’s Oregon Credit Union Day at the Capitol. Rep. Tina Kotek, speaker of the House, joined State Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Department of Consumer and Business Services Director Pat Allen in addressing the group and singing the praises of the state’s not-for-profit financial cooperatives.

On a day when credit union advocates met with 88 of 90 state legislators, Kotek received a standing ovation from a packed House gallery and made it clear that she has not been swayed by the banks’ recent lobbying efforts.

“I understand where they’re coming from,” Kotek said with regard to the three bank lobby-backed bills currently under consideration. “The reality is, we don’t need them.” 

Kotek encouraged credit unions to continue serving the public and to fill a niche wherever possible.

“You have a role,” she said, pointing to examples such as proactively helping members avoid foreclosure and to credit unions’ financial literacy outreach.

Wheeler and Allen spoke to the group at the lobby day reception at the Salem Convention Center. Wheeler received an especially warm welcome because he has been such a champion for financial education and for the way credit unions provide it, saying he admires the movement’s work and its partnerships with good organizations such as JumpStart.

“We want to help you be successful in any way we can,” Wheeler said. “We want to partner with you to raise the financial iQ in Oregon.”

Wheeler also said office will administer the public funds program for credit unions, which launches April 1.

Oregon Women: Engage with Government through ‘Ladies at the Legislature’ Lunch Series

A series of workshops intended to engage and educate women about the functional side of Oregon government.  The event, which has drawn women from across Oregon, has enjoyed notable speakers including Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber.

A monthly gathering called, “Ladies at the Legislature,” the popular brown bag lunch series created to engage women with government at the Oregon State Capitol, will feature Sen. Jackie Winters (R–Salem) at its March 22 session. Winters will talk about her role as Ombudsman for Oregon Governors McCall and Atiyeh. The non-partisan event is co-hosted by Rep. Julie Parrish (R–West Linn) and Sen. Betsy Close (R–Albany).

Women from high-school age and older are invited to come to Salem and experience the legislative process alongside Rep. Parrish and Sen. Close. The invitation is neither district nor party-registration specific. The first hour includes a legislative activity such as attending a floor session or going on a Capitol. For the second hour, ladies are invited to bring their own lunch or buy one in the cafeteria and then engage in a roundtable discussion with a featured guest.  The workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Dates for this legislative session are:

  • March 22
  • April 26
  • May 31
  • June 21

Questions and RSVPs can be directed to Rep. Parrish’s office at 503.986.1437 or rep.julieparrish@state.or.us.


Questions? Contact a member of the Association’s Legislative Affairs team:

Jennifer Wagner, Vice President of Legislative Advocacy
Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Pam Leavitt, Policy Advisor

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