Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Missouri) will address the Big “I” Large Agent/Broker and CEO dinner on April 14 during the Big “I” Legislative Conference.
“The Big ‘I’ is proud to announce that Rep. Luetkemeyer will be addressing our annual gathering of top agents and brokers, leadership and industry executives,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “As a former insurance agent who is now chairman of the powerful House Financial Services Committee Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, Rep. Luetkemeyer has a unique perspective and impact on the issues that directly affect our members and their clients.”
The Big “I” Agents and Brokers Roundtable, which advises the Big “I” board of directors on important topics impacting larger agencies, will sponsor the Large Agent/Broker and CEO dinner. The roundtable has recently worked on issues such as agent licensing reform, terrorism risk insurance, Affordable Care Act implementation and industry workforce recruitment. Large agents and brokers from around the country will attend the dinner, as well as regional and national carrier CEOs.
Rep. Luetkemeyer has served as a leader on extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) program and passage and implementation of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act (NARAB II). In addition, Rep. Luetkemeyer and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) are currently conducting a review of the NFIP with the expectation that they will propose major changes prior to the program’s expiration on Sept. 30, 2017.
“As a former agent, Subcommittee Chairman Luetkemeyer has a strong understanding of the insurance market and the critical role that independent agents play,” says Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external and government affairs. “The Big ‘I’ has a long history of working closely with him on key issues that directly impact agents, brokers and insurance consumers. We are grateful to Rep. Luetkemeyer for his hard work as an advocate for small business and the independent agency system.”
Rep. Luetkemeyer represents Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District and is a well-known figure in the Republican Party known for his commitment to small business issues. He serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Small Business Committee. The fourth-generation native of St. Elizabeth, Missouri operates a 160-acre farm in his district and had a long and distinguished career as a farmer, small businessperson—including time as an insurance agent—and Missouri public servant prior to being elected to Congress in 2008. Rep. Luetkemeyer earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.