WASHINGTON, D.C., March 14, 2016—The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”) today announced that United States Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will address the association’s membership on Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Sen. Scott will be a keynote speaker at the legislative conference breakfast which occurs just prior to the association’s annual Big “I” Day on Capitol Hill. Every year, agents and brokers visit Capitol Hill offices to educate members of the Senate, House and their staff on issues that directly impact independent insurance agents, brokers and the consumers they serve.
The Big ‘I’ is honored that Sen. Scott, a former insurance agent who truly understands our industry and now serves on both the influential Senate Finance Committee and important Senate Banking Committee, will be addressing our members the morning of our annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill,” says Robert A. Rusbuldt, Big “I” president and CEO. “We look forward to hearing his outlook on key issues as our agents prepare to meet with their federal representatives.”
Sen. Scott was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2013 after his predecessor unexpectedly resigned. The following year, the popular rising star overwhelmingly won a special election with 61% of the vote – the highest for any statewide office in the Palmetto State’s history. Sen. Scott serves on the Senate Finance Committee, as well as the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Prior to being sworn in to the Senate, Sen. Scott served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011-2013. He also previously served on the Charleston County Council and in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He owned and operated an Allstate agency and was a partner of Pathway Real Estate Group. Sen. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Charleston Southern University.
“As a former small business owner and insurance agent himself, no one in the Senate better understands the insurance market than Sen. Tim Scott,” says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I” senior vice president for external and government affairs. “His commitment to small business and insurance consumers has been evident throughout his service in Congress and in the South Carolina state house. We look forward to hearing his perspective on the important issues facing our members and their clients.”
The Big “I” Legislative Conference is the insurance industry’s best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year’s event will take place April 13-15 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel.
The legislative conference is an opportunity for Big “I” members to discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP), insurance regulatory reform, healthcare and other economic challenges facing independent insurance agents and their clients.
Other highlights of the Big “I” Legislative Conference include in-depth issues briefing sessions, appearances by numerous high-profile speakers to discuss important insurance and national issues, and hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill between Big “I” agents and brokers and their elected representatives in Congress.
Journalists interested in attending, please register online, send an email to email@example.com or call (703) 706-5473 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 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.