WBA Promotes John Cronin To Director – Government Relations

Cronin_headshotJohn Cronin has been promoted to director – government relations at the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA). Cronin joined WBA in December of 2020 as assistant director – government relations.

“John quickly proved himself to be an effective and hard-working advocate for Wisconsin’s banking industry,” said Rose Oswald Poels, WBA president and CEO. “In his new role, he will continue to be a leading voice for more than 20,000 bank employees in Wisconsin and the communities they serve.”

As director – government relations, Cronin will work primarily at the state level to further WBA advocacy priorities, which include preventing elder financial exploitation, supporting rural communities through ECORA (Enhancing Credit Opportunities in Rural America) legislation, and regulatory modernization.

Cronin spent the first eight years of his career in the Wisconsin State Assembly where he worked for Rep. Mark Born from 2013–18 and for now-former Rep. John Nygren from 2018–20. Both Representatives were members of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, so Cronin's primary focus over four years was state budget policy. He has extensive research and consensus-building experience and in-depth knowledge of the legislative, budget, and rulemaking processes.


About the Wisconsin Bankers Association
Founded in 1892, WBA is the state’s largest financial industry trade association, representing more than 200 commercial banks and savings institutions, their branches, and over 21,000 employees. The Association represents banks of all sizes in Wisconsin, and nearly 98 percent of banks in the state are WBA members.


By, Cassie Krause