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Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek Honored by Credit Unions (Photo) - 03/13/19

SALEM, Oregon — (March 13, 2019) Tina Kotek (D-Portland), Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives, has been awarded the 2019 Community Impact Award by the Northwest Credit Union Association, and the 59 Oregon credit unions it represents. The honor was presented during the NWCUA’s Credit Union Day at the Capitol last month.

More than two million Oregonians are members of not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions. With no stockholders to pay, credit unions share their earnings with members, in the form of lower loan rates, better returns on savings, and fewer fees. The value of those benefits delivered to Oregon credit union members was $152 million last year -- $74 back into the pockets of every member.

“I am a credit union member and have long admired the work they do in so many communities,” Kotek said.” I am so grateful to receive this prestigious award.”

Kotek has served as Speaker of the Oregon House since 2013 and was first elected as a state legislator in 2006. She began her public service career at the Oregon Food Bank, where she was a policy advisor. In her first legislative term, Kotek worked to redesign the state’s welfare program, advocated for higher nutritional standards for school food, and helped to pass legislation against discrimination based on sexual orientation. Speaker Kotek continues to advocate for citizens’ access to transportation, medical care, and affordable housing.

“Speaker Kotek has been a champion for the voters in her district, and for consumers statewide, standing up for issues such as transportation infrastructure, access to affordable healthcare, and anti-discrimination policy,” said Pamela Leavitt, NWCUA’s Policy Advisor for Oregon State Advocacy. “She has also been a longtime supporter of credit unions, and we appreciate her for realizing how important the cooperative financial services choice is to Oregonians.”



The Northwest Credit Union Association is the trade association representing over 180 not-for-profit, cooperative credit unions in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, and their 7.3  million consumer members. Those members are served by a workforce of 18,700 professionals. According to an independent analysis by economists at ECONorthwest, Northwest credit unions drove a positive economic impact of $7.8 billion last year. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit:


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