2011-2013: After a 12-year political career backed by $120,000 in donations from credit unions, Rick Metsger leaves public office and becomes a public relations consultant for the Northwest Credit Union Association, a regional lobbying group.
May 16, 2013: President Barack Obama nominates Metsger to the three-person board that regulates credit unions to ensure their financial soundness. Metsger continues to consult for the NWCUA and collect a $4,000 monthly retainer.
June 27, 2013: Senate Banking Committee holds a hearing on Metsger’s nomination. He meets before the hearing and during a break with lobbyists from the NWCUA and the Credit Union National Association.
Aug. 1, 2013: Metsger is confirmed to the board of the National Credit Union Administration. In the next few days, he begins to wind down his consulting arrangement with the regional trade group.
Aug. 23, 2013: Metsger takes the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol, then walks a few blocks to a party thrown for him by the NWCUA at Credit Union House, a swank venue built as a “home away from home for credit union advocates.”
Sept. 12, 2013: Metsger attends his first public meeting of the NCUA board.
Week of Sept. 16, 2013: Metsger returns to Oregon, meets with NWCUA lobbyists and addresses an annual meeting of one of its chapters.
October 2013: Metsger again flies to Oregon to meet with credit union CEOs.