Credit Union Advocacy

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Be a voice for your awesome credit union.

We know you know credit unions are awesome. (After all, as a member, you’re part owner of one!) But here are some facts that maybe you don’t know:

  • Credit unions save Iowans $100 million annually in better rates and fewer fees. (Wowza!)
  • There are 1.1 million credit union members in Iowa.
  • Credit unions have a $1.25 billion economic impact on the state economy.
  • Credit unions continue to pay millions in taxes each year, including state monies and credits tax, payroll tax, sales tax and property tax.

Every once in a while (more often than we’d like!), the Iowa legislature is asked to consider a bill that is, shall we say, unfriendly to credit unions. There are a few ways that you (yep, YOU!) can have a positive impact on the future of credit unions. As a member/owner of your credit union, you can:

  • Stay up-to-date on current issues facing credit unions. (This is a great place to start!)
  • Contact your state legislators to encourage them to support credit-union-friendly legislation. (Not sure who your legislators are? Find out at
  • Donate to the Credit Union Political Action Committee (CUPAC), the voice for credit unions on Capitol Hill.
  • Spread the good word about credit unions to family, friends, coworkers, and, well, gee, everyone you know! (Get started with this handy flyer.)

Legislative Update – January 8, 2024

The Iowa State Legislature began its current session on January 8, 2024. We look forward to working with legislators on legislation that improves the financial lives of Iowans, including:

  • the credit union code update bill that would make important changes to the Iowa Credit Union Act
  • affordable childcare
  • Environmental Social Governance (ESG)
  • prize-linked savings

    • Donate to CUPAC

      The Credit Union Political Action Committee (CUPAC) is the voice for credit unions on Capitol Hill. CUPAC talks to legislators on a regular basis, educating them on issues of importance to credit unions and their members. They are our advocates, and we urge you to support their efforts.

      Sources: Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Informa Research Services, FDIC, FFIEC, Iowa Department of Revenue, NCUA, 2017 Iowa Credit Union League (ICUL) Loan Survey