MCUL Announces Endorsements for Congress (Misc News: May 6, 2014)
MCUL & Affiliates is backing three candidates for Congress who are known for their support of credit unions – Mike Bishop, John Moolenaar and Debbie Dingell.
MCUL is endorsing Mike Bishop, a Republican from Rochester, in his run for the 8th U.S. Congressional seat. Bishop is a former Michigan state legislator who served in both the state House and the state Senate. During his tenure, he was Senate majority leader and chaired the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee and the House Commerce Subcommittee on Banking & Finance.
Bishop helped enact the credit union modernization act, which made significant changes in credit union powers, structure and governance.
Bishop is seeking the seat currently held by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, who has a strong history of supporting credit unions. Among other measures, Rogers showed his support for credit unions by publically supporting the credit union federal tax exemption, and representing the nation as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
“Mike Bishop was a good friend during his tenure in the Michigan Legislature,” MCUL CEO David Adams said. “We look forward to working with him on federal issues in Congress.”
Moolenaar, R-Midland, is running to represent Michigan’s 4th U.S. Congressional District, currently help by Dave Camp, R-Midland, who is not seeking re-election.
Moolenaar currently represents the 36th District in the Michigan state Senate. He also served three terms in the state House. Moolenaar supports credit unions by attending events and pledges to continue to support pro-credit union initiatives and tax proposals.
“We have always been able to count on Senator John Moolenaar for his support of commonsense proposals,” Adams said. “We expect him to do the same on the federal level.”
Camp, currently chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee in the House, is known as an avid credit union supporter. Earlier this year, he left the credit union tax exemption intact in his much-anticipated tax reform proposal.
In addition, MCUL is backing Dingell to replace her husband, John Dingell, D-Dearborn, in the 12th Congressional District. She has been active in Michigan Democratic Party politics and serves on boards of several charities.
Dingell has pledged to continue support for credit unions that her husband has shown during his years in Congress.
Some of John Dingell’s pro-credit union initiatives include supporting the tax exemption and small business lending. He is the longest-serving member in Congress.
“Debbie Dingell is well known for her support of Michigan through a variety of activities, from her service on the Wayne State University Board of Regents to heading several southwest Michigan charities to her activism in the Democratic Party,” Adams said. “MCUL looks forward to working with her as she takes on her next challenge as a congresswoman.”