Professional Insurance Agents to hold 2016 Federal Legislative Summit April 6-7


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT:   Ted Besesparis

April 4, 2016                                                                                     703-518-1352

Professional Insurance Agents to Hold

                                                                 2016 Federal Legislative Summit April 6-7

            WASHINGTON — Members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) will bring Main Street to Capitol Hill when they convene April 6-7 in Washington, D.C., for the 2016 PIA Federal Legislative Summit (FLS).

            The annual PIA Federal Legislative Summit is a gathering of PIA members from around the country who come together to meet with their members of Congress and advocate their positions on issues important to Professional Insurance Agents.

“We closed out last year with a string of legislative successes that we are looking to build on in 2016,” said PIA National President Robert W. Hansen, Jr.

            PIA members will advocate for solutions that enable agents to better serve their clients and communities by encouraging Congress to defend state regulation of insurance, protect a strong and stable crop insurance program, provide a long term authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and reinstate fair and just compensation in healthcare.

            In addition, PIA will advocate for a clear and simple tax code, reducing individual and corporate income tax rates for small businesses, and will oppose tax provisions or regulations that impede small business growth.

            “We are optimistic that our legislative and policy priorities will continue to fare well,”  said PIA National Vice President of Government Relations Jon Gentile. “This Congress has broken free of gridlock on insurance issues, approving bills endorsed by PIA. We look forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to support the independent agency system and Main Street insurance agents everywhere.”

            The 2016 PIA Federal Legislative Summit begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 6, at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington, Virginia, PIA’s headquarters hotel, with an in-depth issues briefing session and Q&A to prepare attendees for their congressional visits. The day ends with a reception hosted by PIA’s agency-company council, The PIA Partnership, as well as a fundraising dinner for the Professional Insurance Agents Political Action Committee (PIAPAC).

            The following morning, April 7, PIA members will gather for a kickoff breakfast before making their way to Capitol Hill for a day of advocacy visits with their members of Congress.

            “This Congress has taken many actions to benefit insurance consumers,” said PIA National Executive Vice President & CEO Mike Becker.

            “The list is impressive. So far, this Congress has passed the Policyholder Protection Act, the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers (NARAB), renewal of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), a two-year delay in the implementation of the ACA Cadillac Tax and the reversal of a planned $3 billion cut to crop insurance,” Becker said. “We appreciate the responsiveness demonstrated by members of Congress for our issues and look forward to engaging with them again during our legislative summit.”

           For more information, visit the FLS webpage at

           PIA thanks our FLS Platinum sponsor The PIA Partnership; Gold sponsor ADM Crop Risk Services; Silver sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance, Nationwide Independent, State Auto Group, The Hartford; and Bronze sponsors The Motorists Insurance Group, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) 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" title="blocked::blocked::">

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2016 PIA Advocacy and Policy Priorities:

Ted Besesparis

Senior Vice President, Communications

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National Association of Professional Insurance Agents

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PIA members are "Local Agents Serving Main Street America."SM

Interested in PIA's legislative and regulatory accomplishments in 2015 and plans for 2016? Download PIA's 2016 Advocacy and Policy Priorities Guide.


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