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Sen. Jim Bunning to Address PIA Federal Legislative Summit

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2004 - Senator Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky) will address insurance agents March 25 during the annual federal legislative summit held by the National...
February 27, 2004

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2004 - Senator Jim Bunning (R-Kentucky) will address insurance agents March 25 during the annual federal legislative summit held by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA National).

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.

Jim Bunning is currently serving his first term in the United States Senate and is a member of the influential Senate Banking, Finance and Budget committees. "PIA is pleased that Senator Bunning will join us as a speaker at the kickoff for our Federal Legislative Summit," said PIA National President Carl G. Stoecklin. "As a member of three committees that regularly deal with insurance related issues, Sen. Bunning's perspectives will be of particular value to PIA members during their visits to Capitol Hill."

In 1977, Jim Bunning entered politics, first being elected to the Kentucky State Senate where during his first term he became Republican Leader. In 1986, Bunning was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 4th District of Kentucky and he served in that capacity for 12 years. In 1998, he was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Bunning's career as a public servant followed his previous career in Major League Baseball. Pitching primarily for the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies, Bunning accumulated a record of achievement that eventually won him election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the second pitcher in history (Cy Young was the first) to record 1,000 strikeouts and 100 wins in both the National and American Leagues. When he retired in 1971, Bunning was number two on the all time strikeout list.

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.