Please join me in congratulating HAR’s Danny Frank, Nancy Furst, and Marilyn Burt on their appointments to serve as the National Association of REALTORS®’ Federal Political Coordinators for three new Members of Congress: Representative Randy Weber, Senator Ted Cruz, and Representative Steve Stockman, respectively.

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In their FPC roles, these politically active HAR leaders each agreed to develop and maintain a relationship with their assigned legislator and be the voice of HAR and NAR and represent fellow REALTORS® and property owners and prospective owners across the country.

Background
During and after last year’s congressional election cycle, NAR was involved in the process of appointing or reappointing a REALTOR® to serve as a Federal Political Coordinator (FPC) for each of the 535 federal lawmakers (100 Senators and 435 Representatives). As such, HAR’s 2013 Chairman Danny Frank, HAR’s 2013 Vice Chair Nancy Furst, and former TREPAC Chair Marilyn Burt have accepted the responsibilities and agreed to perform the specific FPC assigned tasks.

The Federal Political Coordinator’s Role
A Federal Political Coordinator’s most valuable contribution to HAR and to NAR is the relationship they develop with his or her Member of Congress. In addition to regular contact with the assigned Member of Congress, there are several specific tasks that are required to fulfill the role of the FPC. Those tasks include:

  • responding to the important NAR Calls for Action in a timely manner
  • contacting the Member of Congress once a quarter
  • filing timely field reports
  • attending NAR’s Midyear Meeting and leading the issue discussion
  • developing a contact team
  • delivering the RPAC contribution
  • making a voluntary contribution to RPAC as a sign of their commitment to NAR’s legislative objectives and their understanding of RPAC’s importance in achieving those goals

Congressional Visits in Washington May 15 and 16
HAR’s Governmental Affairs Team, in coordination with TAR, will schedule appointments to visit with our Members of Congress on May 15 and 16 in Washington, D. C. NAR’s Midyear meeting website will launch on February 6, 2013, so check there for details to plan your trip.

Our three newly-elected Members of Congress join veteran lawmakers: U. S. Senator John Cornyn and U. S. Representatives Kevin Brady, John Culberson, Al Green, Gene Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Michael McCaul, Pete Olsen, and Ted Poe in their service to our nation. The next issue of the Houston REALTOR® magazine will spotlight these lawmakers and their assigned Federal Political Coordinators.

To learn more about NAR’s FPC program, visit their website, http://www.realtoractioncenter.com/realtors/fpc/

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