CU-backed Ron Estes Wins Congressional Seat Left by Pompeo

WASHINGTON -- Credit union supporter and volunteer Ron Estes was elected to Congress representing Kansas’s 4th Congressional District Tuesday in a special election. The seat was vacant due to former Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) being appointed Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Estes, State Treasurer of Kansas, previously served on the Assets and Liabilities Committee of MidAmerica CU, Wichita, Kan. He won the election with 53% of the vote to Democratic opponent James Thompson 46% of the vote.

Estes was strongly supported by the Heartland Credit Union Association, and received the maximum $5,000 donation from the Credit Union Legislative Action Council (CULAC), CUNA’s political action committee.

He also met with more than 20 credit union leaders from 9 credit unions and the League in February to discuss regulatory relief and the importance of maintaining the credit union tax status.

Once sworn in, Estes will join a number of other credit union volunteers or employees in the 115th Congress, including:

  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), a former board member;
  • Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), a former employee;
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.), a former vice president; and
  • Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), a former board member.

The CUNA/League system and CULAC raised and contributed nearly $6 million in the 2015-16 election cycle, and helped elect 97% of the 364 candidates supported nationwide. The sixth-largest trade association PAC, CULAC contributed 51% of the funds to Republican candidates and 49% to Democratic candidates, making it one of the most bipartisan PACs in the country.

In New Jersey, CULAC provided $45,000 to nine campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives.   

Additional information about CULAC, including payroll deduction and Deduct-a-Buck programs, is available from NJCUL, Vice President of Corporate & Governmental Affairs, Chris Abeel at or 800-792-8861, ext. 127.


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