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Chief Deputy Minority Whip Kevin McCarthy to Address Big "I" Young Agents/InsurPac Leadership Luncheon

Californian Serves on Powerful House Financial Services Committee




(WASHINGTON –March 25, 2009)- The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) announced that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will address the Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the Big “I” National Legislative Conference & Convention.

The event will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 12:00 p.m. and will also feature the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards.

“Rep. McCarthy is a respected leader in Congress with a proven record on issues important to independent insurance agents and brokers,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs. “The Big ‘I’ is honored that Rep. McCarthy, a rising star in Congress, will be addressing our Young Agents and InsurPac leadership teams.”

Rep. McCarthy also serves on the powerful House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the insurance industry. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. McCarthy was a small business owner and served as the top Republican in the California Assembly. He is in his second term and represents the 22nd district which includes most of Kern and San Luis Obispo Counties, and northeastern Los Angeles County. 

“Big ‘I’ Young Agents are the next generation of independent agency system leaders and InsurPac is the largest property-casualty political action committee,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “These two forces are among the most influential in the industry and will greatly benefit from Rep. McCarthy’s presentation. We look forward to continuing our efforts to build involvement in and activism for legislative issues vital to the future of our industry.”

The Big “I” National Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Additional highlights of the Big “I” National Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions, a panel discussion with top insurance carrier CEOs, a state of the association address by Big “I” chairman Brett Nilsson, a speech by “Freakonomics” co-author Stephen Dubner, appearances by numerous high-profile industry speakers, and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress.

For registration and hotel information, go to www.independentagent.com and select the “Events and Conferences” link. Journalists interested in attending, please contact Margarita Tapia, director of public affairs, at (800) 221-7917 or margarita.tapia@iiaba.net for media registration.

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 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, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address: www.independentagent.com.

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