Magazine article American Banker

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Magazine article American Banker

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A celebrity of sorts is joining the House Financial Services Committee: Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla., the former Florida secretary of state who became a household face when she oversaw the state's infamous 2000 presidential election recount.

Rep. Harris should have a good grasp of banking policy, because her father, George Harris, is the president of Citrus and Chemical Bank in Bartow and a former president of the Florida Bankers Association.

The other new Republican panel members are Mark R. Kennedy of Minnesota, J. Gresham Barrett of South Carolina, Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, Tom Feeney of Florida, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, and Rick Renzi of Arizona.

Democrats plan to name eight new members this month.

The committee is expected to have 37 Republicans, 32 Democrats, and 1 independent.

Community Watch

Community bankers and thrift executives have joined forces to fight what they fear could be an attempt by financial services giants to sell them down the river in the debate with Congress and the Bush administration over national privacy rules.

The Independent Community Bankers of America and America's Community Bankers announced last week the formation a "privacy working group" co-chaired by Robert I. Gulledge, the chairman and president of Citizens Bank in Robertsdale, Ala., and Curtis L. Hage, the chairman and chief executive officer of Home Federal Bank in Sioux Falls, S.D. Mr. Gulledge is a former chairman of the ICBA, and Mr. Hage is a former ACB chairman.

The 10-member group is evenly divided between the ICBA and ACB.

The other ICBA representatives are Tom Hawker, the president and CEO of County Bank in Merced, Calif.; Terry Jorde, the president and CEO of CountryBank USA in Cando, N.D.; Tom Sheehan, the CEO of Grafton State Bank in Wisconsin; and Pierce Stone, the chairman, president, and CEO of Virginia Community Bank in Louisa. …

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