WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The largest U.S. banking trade association has hired a former congressional staffer with agricultural expertise to help it on Capitol Hill.
The Independent Community Bankers of America said Wednesday that Reece Langley, an agricultural legislative assistant to Rep. Terry Everett, R-Ala., will represent it before Congress and the Bush administration.
Before moving to Washington, Langley worked as a management trainee for the Alabama Farmers Cooperative and managed the fertilizer and grain operation of the Lawrence County Exchange, a local farm supply cooperative.
He also served as an intern for the House Agriculture Committee under Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the committee's chairman at the time.
The ICBA has 4,600 members with branches in 17,000 locations nationwide.