Big "I" Names New Director of Federal Government Affairs
Stewart brings Capitol Hill leadership experience to national association.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 22, 2014 — Wyatt Stewart has joined the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Capitol Hill team as director of federal government affairs.
“Wyatt brings a wealth of congressional and political experience to the Big ‘I’,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “The Big ‘I’ is pleased to welcome him to our federal government affairs team.”
Stewart previously served as advisor for policy and coalitions for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). He worked for Leader Cantor in various capacities since January 2009. Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Stewart worked for the Republican Party of Virginia.
“With so many issues before Congress that are critical to our members and insurance consumers, we are glad to complete our team with a professional with such pertinent and extensive legislative experience,” continues Symington. “Wyatt is well-respected on and off Capitol Hill, and he will do a stellar job representing independent insurance agents in the nation’s capital.”
Stewart, a native of Washington, D.C., earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Richmond where he was a four year letterman on the varsity baseball team. He joins a bipartisan lobbying team primarily as a liaison to Republican congressional offices. The position was previously held by Ryan Young who recently departed the Big “I” to serve as director of business development for Husky Rack & Wire in Denver, N.C.
Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of approximately a quarter of a million agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.