Highlights of the NASBP Fly-in

On June 10, NASBP hosted another successful Legislative Fly-in. This year 65 attendees met with 60 different federal congressional offices. NASBP was happy to welcome several NASBP members, who were visiting their legislators for the first time. See pictures below.

NASBP was proud to feature four U.S. legislators and one House staffer at this year’s morning briefing. They were:
  • U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO-6th)
  • U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH-1st)
  • U.S. Representative Rick Allen (R-GA-12th)
  • U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18th)
  • JP Mason, Senior Legislative Assistant to Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO-6th)

    Each of the invited Representatives provided updates on issues, such as the transportation bill and federal funding of construction projects. They also described their work in the construction industry prior to being elected to office.

    Coffman described his efforts to keep the Veterans Affairs hospital project in Aurora, Colorado from shutting down due to mismanagement. Coffman has been a leading voice about the federal agency's problems nationally and, in particular, the problems at the medical center, where a construction project, meant to replace the aging facility, has seen its cost nearly triple from an original estimate of $600 million to the recent estimate by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of $1.73 billion.

    Chabot discussed his leadership as Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee to increase opportunities for small businesses, to prevent government waste and fraudulent transactions, and to grow federal public-private partnerships (P3), as well as his support of H.R. 838, the Security in Bonding Act, which he is a co-sponsor.

    The third speaker, Allen, who is the past president of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) chapter, AGC Georgia. Prior to Allen's election, the Congressman built his own business from the ground up. At the age of 25, he founded the construction company R.W. Allen & Associates, which has enhanced economic development in Georgia by creating jobs in the communities of the cities of Augusta and Athens for more than 35 years.

    Murphy is the co-founder of the United Solutions Caucus, which is a group of over 30 like-minded members, both Democrats and Republicans, who are focused on finding long-term solutions to fiscal issues. One of the group's major legislative initiatives is the SAVE Act, which will cut $479 billion in wasteful government spending. His comments to Fly-in attendees focused on the importance of maintaining bipartisan efforts despite a divided Congress.

    Finally, JP Mason discussed his work in the Congressman Sam Graves’ personal office, handling issues such as transportation, energy, agriculture and healthcare. He is currently Congressman Graves’ Senior Legislative Assistant with a focus on highway issues. Mason described the surety and construction industry issues that Representative Graves has and continues to support. 

  • NASBP Member Bud Withrow, left, of CoWest Insurance Associates with U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO-6th). 

    NASBP Member Jennifer Salm of Brower Insurance--a Marsh & McLennan Agency with U.S. Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH-1st)

    U.S. Representative Rick Allen (R-GA-12th) addresses attendees at NASBP's 2015 Annual Legislative Fly-in.

    NASBP Member Dedi Belis of Marsh & McClellan with her congressman, U.S. Representative Patrick Murphy (D-FL-18th), at the 2015 NASBP Fly-in. 

    NASBP's Kansas Delegation meets with U.S. Representative Kevin Yoder (R-3rd). From left, Erle Benton of Cretcher Heartland, Thomas Pribyl, Patrick Pribyl of Lockton Companies, Representative Yoder, Monica Donatelli of IMA Inc., and Greg Morin of Lockton Companies.     

    NASBP President Susan Hecker of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. of San Francisco welcomes attendees to NASBP's 2015 Legislative Fly-in.

    NASBP Officers Howard Cowan, front row far left, and Lynne Cook, front row second from left, look on during a presentation by NASBP Director of Government Relations, Larry LeClair.

    NASBP Member Wayne McCartha, right, of McCartha Cobb with U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC).

    NASBP Members Todd Loehnert, left, and Brian Ayres, right, of L A Surety Solutions outside the U.S. Capitol after visiting with U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

    NASBP Member Bill Maroney of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA meets with his congresswoman, U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4th).

    NASBP Director of Government Relations Larry LeClair, right, with Associated General Contractors of America's Jimmy Christianson, left.

    NASBP's Maryland Delegation meets with staff of Maryland Representative Chris Van Hollen (D-8th), Chief of Staff Bill Parsons, second from left, and a staff intern, fourth from left. 


    NASBP Members Maureen O'Connell, left, of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. and Eric Zimmerman, right, of Propel Insurance chat after a successful day of Capitol Hill visits.