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Big "I" Names Vice President for Federal Government Affairs

Promotes Jennifer McPhillips to key lobbyist position.

LRJenMcPhillips low res 2013.jpgWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 21, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) announced that Jennifer McPhillips has been promoted to Big “I” vice president for federal government affairs. 

“Jen has almost a decade of experience within the association—in addition to her government and political professional background—and she continues to earn the respect of many decision-makers in Washington, D.C., and in the industry,” says Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “It’s a pleasure to announce that she has been promoted to vice president for federal government affairs.”

McPhillips has climbed the ranks at the Big “I” and previously served as assistant vice president for federal government affairs and has been the top Democrat lobbyist for the association. Prior to that, she served as senior director of political affairs in charge of the Big “I”’s grassroots program and assisting with the management of the Big “I” political action committee (PAC), InsurPac. She first joined the Big “I” team in 2006 after working for Rep. Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa). 

“Over the years, Jen has served in a number of roles here at the Big ‘I’ and has excelled at all of them,” says Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “Most recently she has worked on some of the association’s most important legislative priorities including the National Flood Insurance Program and the Federal Crop Insurance Program. We are very proud of her accomplishments on behalf of our members and are confident that she will continue to do an excellent job representing independent insurance agents and brokers on Capitol Hill.”  

McPhillips, a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in business management from Providence College in Rhode Island. 

Founded in 1896, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or 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:

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