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Congressman Bruce Braley to Address Big "I" Young Agents and InsurPac Leadership Luncheon

Iowan is Vice Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee




WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2010 - The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”) announced that Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) 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, March 3 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. Braley is a well-respected member of Congress who has quickly made a name for himself,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs. “The Big ‘I’ is honored that Rep. Braley, a rising star in Congress and the Democratic Party, will be addressing our Young Agents and InsurPac leadership teams.”

Rep. Braley was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006. He serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as vice chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He is in his second term and represents Iowa’s first congressional district which includes the cities of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Clinton, Davenport, and Bettendorf. 

“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. Braley’s insightful 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 March 3-5 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The legislative conference is an opportunity for Big “I” agents and brokers to discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include:  insurance regulatory reform, agent licensing reform, health insurance reform, taxes, natural disaster issues, and other challenges and opportunities facing the independent agency system.

Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention will include an in-depth issues briefing session; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers; a CEO panel comprised of top carrier presidents & CEOs (CNA, The Hartford, Fireman’s Fund and Safeco to participate) 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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