WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2012 — Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill) addressed the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) Annual Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the Big “I” Legislative Conference & Convention this week.
Rep. Schock is a rising star in the Republican Party and, at 30, is the youngest member of Congress. He is a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Schock stressed the importance of getting involved in the political process, shared his positions on tax reform and federal regulation of insurance, and provided an update on important legislative matters before the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Aaron has always been ahead of the curve,” said Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs in his introduction of the Illinois Congressman. “Aaron is young; he’s bright; he’s outgoing; he’s aggressive. Those are traits that I think I could use to describe many of the young agents in this room as well.”
The event also featured the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards. The 2011 winners are:
InsurPac National Championship Award – North Carolina: This award goes to the state whose agents contribute the most money for InsurPac in a calendar year. North Carolina agents contributed more than $63,000.
Young Agent National Championship Award – North Carolina: This recognition honors the state whose young agents donate the most money to InsurPac. Young Agents from North Carolina contributed more than $12,000.
InsurPac Young Agent Award: The 2011 winner is David Monk of Georgia. His dedication to raising InsurPac money and passion for political involvement will inspire Georgia’s young agent program for years to come.
InsurPac Eagle Awards: This award is given annually to states that surpass a fundraising average of $100 per member agency. The 2011 recipients are North Dakota and South Carolina.
“InsurPac is the largest agent property-casualty political action committee in the country and Big ‘I’ young agents are the next generation of independent agency leaders,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for government affairs. “These two forces are among the most influential in the industry and greatly benefited from Rep. Schock’s perspective. We look forward to continuing to increase our young agents’ activism in the political process to secure the future of our industry.”
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 approximately a quarter of a million 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.