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Washington, D.C . (November 4, 2011) –Credit Union National Association (CUNA) announced today that Washington’s most trusted voice on all things political, Charlie Cook, will join Condoleezza Rice and journalistic duo, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, as a keynote speaker for its 2012 Governmental Affairs Conference, March 18 – 22 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. Conference registration and housing information can be found at gac.cuna.org.
Keynote Speaker Charlie Cook
With an encyclopedia-like knowledge of the political landscape and a keen eye that sees immediately the broad implications of the latest political changes, Cook has established himself as the go-to-resource for Americans who wish to be truly informed about their government. Cook serves as editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report, providing premier, non-partisan political analysis on elections and campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives, US Senate, State Governors and US President.
Cook has also made a name for himself as a political journalist, penning a twice-weekly column for Roll Call, Capitol Hill’s renowned newspaper, before joining the National Journal Group in 1998. Currently he writes a weekly column for both the National Journal magazine and the Washington Quarterly.
Cook is regularly featured as a political expert on national media outlets including: ABS, CBS, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline, Meet the Press, This Week, CNBC, MSNBC, C-Span, and National Public Radio. Cook has also served as an election night analyst for CBS News, NBC News and CNN.
In what is already shaping up to be an exciting election year, CUNA GAC attendees will hear from Cook about today’s political environment, the balance of power on Capitol Hill, and how it all could be affected by the coming November elections. He will use poll numbers, economic indicators and historical data to forecast the fortunes of each party in a balanced, non-partisan manner and provide attendees with the concrete information they need to prepare for 2012 and beyond.
CUNA’s GAC is the credit union movement’s premier political event and its largest national conference, each year providing more than 4,000 credit union executives and board members an opportunity to hear influential leaders from Congress, the Administration and the federal regulatory agencies. Capitol Hill visits, when attendees meet face-to-face with their members of Congress and staff to discuss issues that concern the credit union movement, will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, March 21, and the morning of Thursday, March 22.
Recognized as the key conference to attend for political impact, credit union networking and industry updates, the GAC also offers a wide array of educational breakout sessions, the industry’s largest exhibitor showcase, guest/family programs to tour Washington’s sights, and special entertainment including an opening concert and the closing Gala Reception and Dance.
Additional speakers and session topics will be announced in the weeks to come. For more information and to register, please go to gac.cuna.org.
About CUNA: With its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, Credit Union National Association (CUNA) serves 90 percent of America’s 7,400 state and federally chartered credit unions, which are owned by nearly 92 million consumer members. Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives providing affordable financial services to people from all walks of life. For more information, visit www.cuna.org. For more information about credit unions, visit www.aSmarterChoice.org.