The Illinois FPC delegation poses for a group photo following their federal issues briefing.

Getting Ready to Deploy the Troops to the Hill

While the National Association of REALTORS boasts extraordinary government affairs professionals, their excellent and continuous work on the members’ behalf is no substitute for getting actual REALTORS in front of our legislators.  Federal Political Coordinators (FPCs) are REALTOR member volunteers who are assigned one on one to all 535 members of the United States Congress.  The FPCs help lead local delegations of REALTORS on Hill visits, but their work goes way beyond the week of NAR Legislative Meetings in D.C.  FPCs are charged with maintaining ongoing contact–at a minimum of once per quarter–with their assigned member of Congress.

These photos show the Illinois delegation of FPCs getting briefed on current federal legislative issues by NAR and state government affairs staffers, so they are equipped to make the greatest possible impact on all of the REALTOR members back home.

The FPCs volunteer to use the relationships that they often spend years cultivating so that the interests of REALTORS, home owners, and all with a stake in private property rights back home are constantly kept on the radar of lawmakers.

The Illinois FPC delegation poses for a group photo following their federal issues briefing.

The Illinois FPC delegation poses for a group photo following their federal issues briefing.

NAR Government Affairs Staffer Dan Blair briefs Illinois FPCs

NAR Government Affairs Staffer Dan Blair briefs Illinois FPCs

Illinois REALTORS Senior Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell briefs Illinois FPCs

Illinois REALTORS Senior Housing Policy Advisor Sharon Gorrell briefs Illinois FPCs

Illinois FPC to Congressman Rodney Davis reads over federal legislative briefing materials at the FPC briefing.

Illinois FPC to Congressman Rodney Davis reads over federal legislative briefing materials at the FPC briefing.

NAR Government Affairs staffer Shannon Burke helps brief Illinois' delegation of FPCs

NAR Government Affairs staffer Shannon Burke helps brief Illinois’ delegation of FPCs

Matt Difanis, ABR®

Matt is a multi-office broker-owner in Champaign, Illinois, home of the University of Illinois. He is a high producing team leader, a past president of the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, the 2016 Treasurer of the Illinois REALTORS®, a past REALTOR® Magazine “30 Under 30” honoree, and a law school graduate. Matt is also a photography and videography junkie.

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