Election Aftermath: Impact on Independent Agents
Although not much has changed in the overall state General Assembly make-up following Tuesday’s election, Democrats were able to pick up an additional seat in the House and Senate by knocking off two long-time legislators: Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle and House Minority Whip Deborah Hudson both lost to their Democratic challengers. While Democrats maintain control of both chambers, Senate Democrats still will not have enough seats to be able to pass tax or budget bills on their own.
Regarding leadership, IA&B expects that Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf will remain the Speaker of the House and Rep. Valerie Longhurst will remain Majority Leader. We also anticipate that IA&B friend and Sussex County insurance agent Rep. Danny Short will remain as House Minority Leader.
Of importance to the agent and broker community will be the forthcoming committee assignments in both chambers. This year, the House and Senate insurance committee chairs, Rep. Bryon Short and Sen. Brian Bushweller, did not seek re-election. IA&B had maintained a close working relationship with both legislators during previous sessions.
Working in our favor, this year, 85% of the candidates supported by AgentPAC – your state-based, bipartisan political action committee – won their elections. Heading into the new legislative session in January, your IA&B government affairs team has a great opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and educate new members of the General Assembly on the issues important to the agent and broker community.
In order to do that, we need your participation. AgentPAC allows us to support the candidates who understand the issues critical to the insurance industry. Help AgentPAC end the year strong and kick-off 2019 on solid footing by making a contribution today.