Big "I" / Government Affairs News
Big "I" leaders have been named among the top DC lobbyists by The Hill Newspaper. Notably, the Big “I” was the only insurance agent/broker group to make list.
Washington D.C. - November 2, 2017 - The Hill, a leading political newspaper, has named Bob Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO, and Charles Symington, Big “I” senior vice president of external, industry, and government affairs, among the top trade association lobbyists in Washington, D.C.
The Hill piece noted the Big “I” was “a force to be reckoned with” as it battled for a wide array of flood insurance legislation in 2017, including a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program.
“Recognition from a leading political newspaper highlights the strength of our government affairs team,” says Vaughn Graham, Big “I” chairman and president of Rich & Cartmill, Inc., headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Thanks to the hard work of president & CEO Bob Rusbuldt, Charles Symington and the entire government affairs staff, the Big ‘I’ is consistently named one of the most influential associations in the country.”
Congressional leaders regularly tap the Big “I” federal government affairs team for its political acumen including sitting on congressional steering committees, raising campaign dollars, hosting political events, and strategizing to help members of Congress better serve their constituents and advance top issues. A vital component of the association advocacy efforts is InsurPac, the Big “I” political action committee. It routinely raises well over $2 million each election cycle and disburses that money across the aisle to U.S. Senate and House campaigns that are supportive of the independent agency system.
“The Big ‘I’ government affairs staff stood out as the only group listed that represents insurance agents and brokers,” says Angela Ripley, Big “I” government affairs committee chairman and president VW Brown Insurance Service in Columbia, Maryland. “We’re fortunate to have such a well-respected team representing the agent and broker community on Capitol Hill.”
Legislative advocacy on behalf of members is paramount to the work of MAIA and the Big "I". This type of recognition by The Hill underscores the influence our national association has in Washington and as a member, you can become an active participant in this national advocacy work by supporting InsurPAC, your federal political action committee. Your voluntary contribution is vitally important and directly supports these national efforts.