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Rep. Kathleen Rice to Address Big "I" Members

New York Democrat to deliver remarks to young agents and InsurPac leaders at annual Legislative Conference event on April 18.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 14, 2018— The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I") today announced that Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-New York) 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 18, at 12:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., and will also feature the presentation of the annual InsurPac National Championship awards, InsurPac Young Agent of the Year and Eagle awards.  

“The Big 'I' is honored that Rep. Rice, a rising star in the Democratic party, will be addressing our young agents and InsurPac leaders as they prepare to meet with their Congressional delegations," says Charles E. Symington, Jr., Big “I" senior vice president for external, industry and government affairs. “Big 'I' young agents are the next generation of independent agency leaders and InsurPac is one of the most powerful political action committees in the country, largely due to the leadership of our state chairs. These two forces are among the most influential in the industry and will greatly benefit from Rep. Rice's insights."

Rep. Rice represents New York's fourth congressional district, which covers parts of Nassau County, New York, a diverse suburban community located on Long Island. First elected to Congress in 2014, she emerged as a leading Democratic voice on national security issues and served as a member of the Homeland Security Committee and the top Democrat on the Transportation Security Subcommittee. She was reelected to a second term in 2016, and now serves as the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. Prior to her position in the House of Representatives, she served as a prosecutor for more than two decades. Rice resides in Garden City, New York. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (1987) and earned her law degree from Touro Law Center (1991).

The Big “I" Legislative Conference is the insurance industry's best-attended, most effective legislative meeting. This year's event will take place April 18-20 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

The Legislative Conference is an opportunity for Big “I" members to emphasize the importance of political involvement and discuss important issues with their congressional representatives. Top issues this year include the National Flood Insurance Program, health care, insurance regulatory reform and the Federal Crop Insurance Program. 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 can register online, or contact Katie Butler for media registration.

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.



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