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Maine lawmakers recognized for being on board with CUs
PORTLAND, Maine (11/10/11)--The Maine Credit Union League honored four state lawmakers who are part of credit union family last month at its Legislative Forum.

Click to view larger image Maine Credit Union League President John Murphy, left, presented state Rep. Herb Clark (D-Millinocket) with a special award as one of four state lawmakers who currently also sit on credit union boards. (Photo provided by the Maine Credit Union League)
Of the 151 members of the Maine House, four are credit union board members, the largest contingent of credit union board members ever serving in the legislature at the same time, said the league (News & Views November).

Legislators recognized are:

  • Rep. Herb Clark (D-Millinocket), currently serving his 12th, non-consecutive term in the Maine House. He is vice-chair at Katahdin FCU, where he has served on the board since 1996.
  • Rep. Michel Lajoie (D-Lewiston), serving his second term in the House. Lajoie is in his 14th year as a volunteer at Lewiston Municipal FCU, where he is currently board chair.
  • Rep.  John Picchiotti (R-Fairfield), serving his first term in the House. Picchiotti is current board chair at KSW FCU and is a member of the legislature's Insurance and Financial Services Committee, which hears many measures impacting credit unions.
  • Rep. Ken Fredette (R-Newport), serving his first term in the House.  Fredette is a 15-year board member and past board chair at Sebasticook Valley FCU.
"Having individuals that not only support credit unions but who, as a credit union board member, bring that perspective to issues and legislation and what the impact would be to credit unions and members is invaluable," said John Murphy, league president. "We are fortunate to have four board members currently serving in the legislature. They are great advocates and friends, and we appreciate their efforts and service."


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