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PIA Members Reflect on Successful 2014 Federal Legislative Summit

After getting back to their agencies, some PIA members who attended the 2014 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) reflected on their experiences...
April 9, 2014

After getting back to their agencies, some PIA members who attended the 2014 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) reflected on their experiences. PIA National President John G. Lee said, “Our legislative summit was a tremendous success, with a large attendance by PIA agents. We met with our lawmakers to review our different issues of concern with them, such as the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), healthcare, insurance regulation, flood insurance and crop insurance.”

Lee said members of Congress were responsive, with many supporting the organization’s positions. As for the others, he said, “They may not vote our way all of the time, but at least we can sit in front of them and explain our position and hopefully persuade them to vote our way.”

PIA of VA in front of Capitol Building

PIA of Virginia & DC at the Capitol: (L to R) Dennis Yocom, EVP of PIA of VA &
DC; PIA of Virginia National Director Gerald Hemphill; PIA National President Johnny
Lee; and 2014 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year Cole Tucker.

Here are some other agent comments on the just-concluded PIA FLS:

PIA National President-elect Richard A. Clements: “We were able to thank them for their work on flood insurance reform and ask their help on renewing TRIA. We also stressed that we could be their resource on any insurance matter.”

PIA National Vice President/Treasurer Rob Hansen: “It’s a very humbling experience and our lawmakers were very receptive. Our Federal Legislative Summit is another way that Main Street insurance agents can influence legislation.”

PIA National Government Affairs Committee Chairman Tim Russell: “It is an example of effective grassroots advocacy in practice. Agents from around the country converge on the Capitol with a common goal: to protect and promote the independent agency system.”

PIA National Secretary/Assistant Treasurer Gary Blackwell, noting that some members brought their spouses and children along on their congressional visits: “It is very powerful when a PIA member is voicing our cause with their spouse and children standing in support. I believe this shows Congress that their decisions affect families, not just a group or industry.”

PIA National Immediate Past President Andrew C. Harris: “Not everything is broken in Washington! The ability to meet with and discuss the major issues impacting our industry with the Representatives that make the laws is still alive and well, as evidenced by our meetings.”

Best’s News Service covered the FLS, doing print articles and video reports. During the wrap-up video report, Best credited PIA’s efforts on the recently-enacted Flood Bill: “PIA continued its efforts to convince lawmakers that it is important to keep flood insurance affordable, even as we move toward a risk-based pricing system. PIA recently scored a legislative victory when President Obama signed a bill into law that will cap annual rate increases for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders.”

Photos from the PIA Federal Legislative Summit: You can view all the photos from the 2014 PIA Federal Legislative Summit, along with the PIAPAC dinner, PIA Spring Governance meetings and the 2014 PIA National Awards luncheon here, here and here. These photos are available for you to use in any way you would like to use them (publications, email marketing, etc.). You may also make prints of any of the pictures without having to get advance permission.