John A. Courson, president and chief executive officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), has announced that Bill Killmer has been named senior vice president of legislative and political affairs, effective July 5, 2010. In this role, Killmer will manage MBA's Legislative and Political Affairs Group, and be directly responsible for the development and implementation of legislative and political strategy for the association as MBA serves its members in the real estate finance industry. Killmer will serve as MBA's chief lobbyist.
"MBA is very fortunate to have someone with Bill's expertise leading MBA's legislative and political affairs efforts," said Courson. "Bill's detailed knowledge of the issues facing our industry, coupled with his political and legislative experience, will be a tremendous asset to MBA and our members."
Killmer joins MBA from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), where for the past 20 years he has worked in a variety of senior positions including most recently as executive vice president of advocacy, and previously as senior staff vice president of government affairs and chief lobbyist. In these roles, Killmer oversaw NAHB's legislative, regulatory, policy and public affairs initiatives.
"Bill is a seasoned industry veteran who will bring immediate value to our members through his keen understanding of the legislative and political landscape," said Robert E. Story Jr., CMB, chairman of MBA.
Earlier in his career, Killmer served as senior legislative officer at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he represented the Secretary of Labor and the Administration on Capitol Hill and developed political and legislative strategies. Reporting to Killmer will be MBA's Legislative Affairs team which oversees federal, state and local legislative and lobbying activities, and MBA's Political Affairs team, which coordinates MBA's grassroots and PAC efforts.
Killmer graduated with a BBA from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business in 1983.
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