WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2015—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) will address the Young Agents & InsurPac State Chairpersons Legislative Luncheon at the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 22, at 12:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C. and will also feature the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards.
“Rep. Sinema is respected for her commitment to working across the aisle and her leadership on the House Financial Services Committee,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “As a leader of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition and an energetic rising star within the Democratic Party, her perspective will be of particular interest to our young agents and InsurPac leadership.”
Rep. Sinema was elected to the House in 2012 and represents Arizona’s 9th Congressional District. She serves on the House Committee on Financial Services including the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade. Prior to being elected to the House, Rep. Sinema was a social worker, an attorney and served on a college faculty. The Arizona native earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a PhD from Arizona State University.
“Big ‘I’ young agents are the next generation of independent agency leaders and InsurPac is the largest property-casualty political action committee in the country, largely due to the leadership of our state chairs,” says Nathan Riedel, Big “I” vice president for political affairs. “These two forces are among the most influential in the independent agency system and will greatly benefit from Rep. Sinema’s perspective. We also look forward to continuing to increase our young agents’ engagement in the political process as they take the reins as the future of the industry.”
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
The legislative conference is an opportunity for Big “I” members to discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include health insurance reform, the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP), tax reform, agent commissions and other economic challenges facing independent insurance agents and the industry.
Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions; appearances by numerous high-profile speakers discussing important insurance and national issues confronting lawmakers as well as agents and brokers and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in the Congress.
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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.