2019 was a banner year for Big “I” federal advocacy with tangible results for Big “I” member agencies. The year started with a huge win giving independent agencies access to significant tax relief and ended with a trifecta of longtime Big “I” priorities being signed into law by President Trump. While the accomplishments were significant on their own, they were even more impressive as they were completed during a heightened sense of partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C. with the specter of impeachment hanging over Capitol Hill for much of the year.
Throughout the year, the advocacy efforts by the government affairs team included countless meetings with members of Congress and their staff, providing testimony to key committees and sending numerous letters to congressional offices on important issues. In addition, nearly 1,000 independent agents advocated during the annual Big “I” Legislative Conference in May. These efforts by Big “I” members were vital in achieving so much this year.