Members of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) elected Richard G. Thissen of Lake Ozark, Missouri, as their new national president. The balloting took place during NARFE’s 33rd Biennial National Convention in Orlando.
A NARFE member since 1995, Thissen has served as the association’s national treasurer since 2011. He will serve a two-year term in his new role, succeeding outgoing President Joseph A. Beaudoin.
“I am honored to have been elected to serve as NARFE’s National President,” Thissen said, in a press release. “NARFE has been a strong advocate for federal employees and retirees for more than 93 years. I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the Association as we continue to fight on behalf of our nation’s active and retired civil servants. I know we will have challenging days ahead. I pledge to do all that I can as NARFE National President to safeguard the compensation and benefits our federal employees and NARFE’s.”
Convention delegates also set goals for the association’s legislative program, such as preserving federal employees and retirees’ earned benefits.
For 27 years, Thissen was a civilian worker in the Department of the Army. He has extensive knowledge about employee and retiree regulations and benefits. A native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, he attended Grandview College and Drake University.