From our Chairman

Brice Luetkemeyer, MBA Chairman Bank of St. Elizabeth

New Year Brings New Opportunity for Advocacy, Making a Difference

As we celebrate the start of the New Year in a few weeks, the winners of the November election will be sworn into office in both Washington, D.C., and Jefferson City. For the Missouri Bankers Association and its members, that’s when our lobbying kicks into gear. Tat’s right … I’m talking about our advocacy efforts.

I know I sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating — advocacy is everyone’s job. It doesn’t work very well if not everyone pitches in. From part-time tellers to loan officers to the board of directors, each of us has a part in promoting our industry and protecting the needs of our customers,


both with our congressional delegation in Washington, D.C., and our state lawmakers in Jefferson City.

When the Missouri General Assembly convenes Jan. 6, roughly a third of the members in each chamber are “freshman” legislators — 50 in the Missouri House and 11 in the Missouri Senate. Tis includes my newly elected state representative, Bruce Sassman from Bland. Before the election, I introduced myself to Bruce to learn more about him, why he was running and what he hoped to accomplish in the House. It was a pleasant surprise to learn Bruce sits on the advisory board for a local community bank.

During the campaign cycle, we had the opportunity several times to discuss the issues facing our customers and the banking industry in general. I encouraged Bruce to contact me any time if he had questions about a particular bill or needed more information about the banking industry. I also personally contributed to his campaign, of which he was very grateful. We are thankful to have a handful of state lawmakers with banking experience, but hundreds more have diverse backgrounds and appreciate meeting their local bankers to learn more about what our concerns are and what we do.

Establishing a relationship like this with your state

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