WASHINGTON — Timothy Russell CPCU and Nicholas Ruickoldt CPIA of The Russell Agency, LLC joined with hundreds of their fellow agents from across the country as part of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents’ 2015 Federal Legislative Summit. Participants spent two days March 25-26 visiting with their Representatives and Senators on Capitol Hill, personally advocating on behalf of Professional Insurance Agents, their clients and the American free enterprise system.
“PIA is an aggressive, activist organization that is never afraid to speak up and speak out on behalf of our members and clients,” said Mr. Ruickoldt.
PIA members visited scores of their Representatives and Senators, personally advocating a host of issues of importance to professional insurance agents.
“Many of the issues of critical importance to local insurance agents and their customers are in play in Congress this year. That’s why it is so important they we connect with our elected representatives on Capitol Hill, up close and personal,” Mr. Russell said.
During the summit, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) received the 2015 PIA National Legislator of the Year Award. Rep. King is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee in addition to his leadership roles on the Homeland Security Committee and Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He represents New York’s 2nd Congressional District which covers portions of Nassau and Suffolk Counties including the south shore of Long Island. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. King was elected to three terms as the Comptroller of Nassau County.
“Congressman King has long been a leader on issues of importance to the national security of the United States, including on insurance issues,” said Mr. Ruickoldt “The congressman was one of the key drivers in the passage of a long-term reauthorization of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) and has been a tireless advocate for flood insurance policyholders.”
PIA thanks our FLS Platinum sponsors, Progressive Insurance, The PIA Partnership and EverQuote; Gold sponsor ADM Crop Risk Services; Silver sponsors Liberty Mutual, Nationwide Insurance, State Auto Insurance and The Hartford; and Bronze sponsors Motorists Insurance Group and Wright Flood.
Founded in 1931, PIA is a national trade association that represents member insurance agents and their employees who sell and service all kinds of insurance, but specialize in coverage of automobiles, homes and businesses. PIA members are Local Agents Serving Main Street America SM. PIA’s web address is www.pianet.com.