WASHINGTON — As part of the American Bankers Association’s efforts to promote a pro-growth policy environment, the association today formally announced it will pilot a program in the fall to help bankers run for state or federal office.
Set for Sept. 13-15 at the Loews Madison Hotel in Washington, D.C., the comprehensive two-day program is designed to give bankers with an interest in public service the tools to succeed in their state or federal race. Program topics include managing paid and earned media, fundraising and getting out the vote.
“It’s critically important that those casting votes on banking policy fully understand and appreciate the impact their decisions will have on a community and its residents,” said ABA President and CEO Rob Nichols, noting that just 18 of the 535 members of the current Congress have a banking background. “When it’s time to set banking and economic policy, we strongly believe nothing beats real-world banking experience.”
Applications for the program are now open and will remain open until June 1. Applicants must be a banker or bank director with concrete plans to run for state or federal office in the next two election cycles.
“Bankers are already in the business of serving their communities, through their bank and through service on the boards of the local nonprofit, hospital and school system,” Nichols said. “That makes serving in public office more of a logical next step than a giant leap. If you’re a banker interested in public service, we want to give you all the tools you need to run and win your first campaign for office.”
More information on the program is available here
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $17 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $13 trillion in deposits and extend more than $9 trillion in loans.
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