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House Majority Leader to Speak to Big "I"

Hoyer will address agents on April 26

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 26, 2007—House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will speak to members of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (the Big “I”) during its Legislative Conference & Convention in April.

With more than 1,200 independent agents and brokers from across the country in attendance, Hoyer will be a featured speaker at a breakfast on April 26 along with House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Missouri).

The Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention is the insurance industry’s premier legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 25 through 27 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

“As manager of the House floor, Majority Leader Hoyer is in a prime position to influence legislation that affects our members’ businesses each day,” says Big “I” CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt. “Steny Hoyer will be a key player in determining the direction of legislation on issues such as insurance regulatory reform, natural disaster reform, terrorism risk insurance and other important topics to independent insurance agents and brokers, our economy and our nation.”

Now serving his 14th term in the House of Representatives, Majority Leader Hoyer is the longest-serving House member from southern Maryland in history. Prior to being elected Majority Leader, Hoyer served two terms as Democratic Whip.

“Majority Leader Hoyer has long been recognized as a consensus builder and a leader on both sides of the aisle,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs and federal relations. “We’re honored to have him as a guest and look forward to his perspective on the new Congress and on issues important to our members.”

Each year during the legislative conference, Big “I” agents and brokers hold hundreds of meetings with their elected officials on Capitol Hill to share their perspective on how legislation affects their business. Top issues this year include insurance regulatory reform, natural disaster issues, terrorism risk insurance and more.

Highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention include an in-depth issues briefing session, the annual Big “I” congressional reception on Capitol Hill, appearances by numerous high-profile speakers and the industry’s largest and best-attended trade show. This year’s event will also include an interactive insurance panel discussion, with representatives from the industry, consumer groups and regulators tackling top insurance industry trends and challenges.

To register online and make hotel reservations go to and select the “Events and Conferences” link. 

Founded in 1896, IIABA (the Big “I”) is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 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, and health—as well as employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:



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