|The 113th Congressional Delegation from North Carolina includes some new faces, as well as familiar ones. Pictured (from left) are Patrick McHenry and Howard Coble, along with the newly-elected George Holding, Richard Hudson and Mark Meadows. These five Republicans were sworn in with the rest of the 113th Congress on January 3.
Members of the 113th Congress took the oath of office in Washington, DC last week. The North Carolina delegation on hand included several new faces, as four new members of the US House of Representatives were sworn in.
League staff attended the ceremony, and greeted the members of the 113th Congress. “We wanted to congratulate our elected leaders in Washington, especially the newest representatives that credit unions are in the process of getting to know,” said NCCUL President/CEO John Radebaugh, who was joined on the trip by Dan Schline, SVP of Association Services.
The swearing in ceremony was the latest in a series of meetings and events League staff and credit unions in NC have hosted in order to meet their newly elected representatives. “Credit unions in NC met with candidates throughout the election season, and engaged with the election winners late in the year,” noted Schline. “By meeting with and getting to know policy makers, credit unions get the opportunity to share the value they bring to the millions of North Carolinians who are credit union members.”
The four new representatives from North Carolina, all of whom are Republicans, represent a changing of the guard in the NC Congressional Delegation. Democrats previously held the majority in the NC delegation, but in the wake of redistricting and a united, well-organized election effort in 2012, Republicans now hold a 9-4 advantage in the Tarheel US House delegation.
The new faces from NC in the US House of Representatives include Richard Hudson (8th District), who defeated Larry Kissell; Robert Pittenger (9th District), elected to replace Sue Myrick, who retired; Mark Meadows (11th District), elected to replace Democrat Heath Shuler, who did not seek re-relection; and George Holding (13th District), elected to replace Brad Miller, who did not seek re-election. Pittenger was named to the House Financial Services Committee.
“As the 113th Congress gets to work, many large challenges lie just ahead,” said Radebaugh. “We look forward to working with Members of Congress and sharing what’s on the minds of credit unions and their members.”