Timothy G. Russell, CPCU takes part in Federal Legislative Summit
WASHINGTON — PIA National President Elect Timothy G. Russell, CPCU of Southport, CT joined with hundreds of his fellow agents from across the country as part of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents’ 2017 Federal Legislative Summit. Participants spent two days, April 5-6, 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.
“Legislative victories on our issues are made possible by the continued commitment and involvement by PIA members. It’s part of our year-round coordinated program of grassroots advocacy,” said Mr. Russell of The Russell Agency, LLC.
PIA members visited scores of their House and Senate offices, personally advocating a host of issues of importance to professional insurance agents including defending state insurance regulation, abolishing the Federal Insurance Office (FIO) and providing a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
“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, Florida Republican Congressman Dennis Ross was named the 2017 PIA National Legislator of the Year, in recognition of his support for PIA’s key legislative priorities. CEO Mike Becker and National President Gary Blackwell (Maine) presented the award at the FLS kickoff breakfast April 6.
“Rep. Ross is a stalwart supporter of professional insurance agents and a fierce advocate of the American Free Enterprise System.” said Mr. Russell. “Rep. Ross has played a key role in championing legislation to encourage development of a private flood insurance market (H.R. 1422) and defending the state system of insurance regulation.
PIA thanks our FLS sponsors:
Platinum Level Sponsors
The PIA Partnership
LexisNexis Risk Solutions
Gold Level Sponsor
ADM Crop Risk Services
Silver Level Sponsors
State Auto Insurance Companies
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Bronze Level Sponsors
Motorists Insurance Group
National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI)
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.