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PIA Members Set to Converge on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2004 - Members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) are set to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C....
March 24, 2004

Legislative Briefings, Meetings with Members of Congress Highlight Agenda

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2004 - Members of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) are set to converge on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on March 25 for the association's annual federal legislative summit.

The 2004 PIA Federal Legislative Summit is a one-day legislative gathering of PIA members who spend the day meeting with their elected representatives to advance the views and positions of professional insurance agents.

The summit begins with a breakfast and briefings at the Capitol Hill Club. Representative Sue Kelly (R-New York), Vice Chairman of the powerful House Committee on Financial Services, will address PIA members during the breakfast along with Senator Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky). Sen. Bunning is a member of three influential Senate committees: Banking, Finance and Budget.

"Laws passed by Congress have a direct impact on the ability of our members to serve the insurance needs of their customers," said PIA National President Carl G. Stoecklin. "We must always be proactive in Washington, D.C. to ensure that as far as PIA members are concerned, good legislation is passed and bad legislation is not."

After the kickoff breakfast, FLS participants will spend the remainder of the day on Capitol Hill meeting with lawmakers regarding issues that are important to independent insurance agents. At day's end a reception for all Summit participants will be held in the U.S. Capitol building. Later that night, the association's political action committee PIAPAC holds its annual fundraising dinner.

"It is essential that PIA members have this annual opportunity to visit with their elected representatives in their Capitol Hill offices to make their views known," said PIA Federal Affairs Committee Chairman Robert P. Page of Houma, Louisiana. "There is no better way to forge and maintain relationships with lawmakers than to do it up-close and personal."

Previous speakers at the PIA summit have included Ken Mehlman, White House Director of Political Affairs who is now campaign manager for Bush-Cheney '04, President Bush's re-election campaign; Rep. Richard Baker (R-Louisiana), Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises; Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Virginia), House Deputy Majority Whip; Senator Conrad Burns (R-Montana); and Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia).  

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.