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Lieberman to Speak to the Big "I"

Key senator for security, economic issues will address agents on April 26



WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2007—Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) 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, Lieberman will be a featured speaker at a breakfast on April 26 along with House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will address the large agent and broker dinner on Thursday evening.

 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.

 “Sen. Lieberman is a highly respected and effective leader and legislator, and we look forward to hearing his thoughts on important issues for the insurance industry and our country,” says Big “I” CEO Robert A. Rusbuldt. “Joe Lieberman is the conscience of the Senate, and he is a true mover and shaker in Washington and on the international scene. There is no one who understands the importance of reaching across the political aisle more than Joe Lieberman, which gives him a very unique perspective on how to navigate Congress and get things done.”

 Lieberman has earned a national reputation as a thoughtful, principled and effective legislator. Now in his fourth term representing Connecticut in the Senate, he is well known for his vice presidential run in 2000, and winning reelection to the Senate as an Independent.  He is currently Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

 “We’re honored to have Sen. Lieberman as a speaker,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs and federal relations. “He holds one of the most pivotal votes in the Senate on a variety of issues, and our members will benefit from hearing his perspective.”

 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 repeal of the limited McCarran-Ferguson antitrust exemption, 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 www.independentagent.com 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: www.independentagent.com.

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