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NAMIC Presents Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award© to Members of the 108th Congress

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2005)––The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) today announced the recipients of its Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award©.

Eligibility for this prestigious award is based on roll call votes taken, or being a principal player/sponsor on legislation affecting the property/casualty insurance industry, during the previous Congress. The award is presented to those senators and representatives who supported a stronger insurance market at least 75 percent of the time.

Recipients are recognized for their consistent support of NAMIC’s position on issues such as Asbestos Reform, Class Action Reform, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Small Property/Casualty Company Tax legislation, and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA).

“NAMIC is honored to present this award to these members of Congress who have demonstrated their unwavering support and leadership on behalf of our members, insurance consumers, and the property/casualty insurance industry,” said David A. Winston, NAMIC federal affairs senior vice president.

Winston stated that during their annual lobbying trip to Washington, NAMIC members will present the award to more than 150 members of the 108th Congress [the names are attached].

NAMIC created this award in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin and his commitment to public service. In 1752, Dr. Franklin, with other leading citizens of Philadelphia, founded America’s first successful mutual insurance company, The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire. This public policy award was established in 2003, and first presented to the 107th Congress, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the Contributionship.

“The award recipients’ understanding and support of the insurance industry have helped to successfully protect the free and open market environment that has existed since Mr. Franklin started that first successful mutual insurance company,” said Winston. “NAMIC looks forward to another successful season presenting this award to lawmakers who have demonstrated leadership in Congress on insurance issues.”


Senate Members

  • Lisa Murkowski, R-Alask
  • Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala.
  • Blanche L. Lincoln, D-Ark.
  • Jon L. Kyl, R-Ariz.
  • Wayne Allard, R-Colo.
  • Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn.
  • Thomas R. Carper, D-Del.
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.
  • Johnny Isakson, D-Ga.
  • Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa
  • Mike Crapo, R-Idaho
  • Richard G. Lugar, R-Ind.
  • Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
  • Jim Bunning, R-Ky.
  • Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
  • Susan M. Collins, R-Maine
  • Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
  • Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo.
  • Jim Talent, R-Mo.
  • Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
  • Max Baucus, D-Mont.
  • Conrad Burns, R-Mont
  • Richard Burr, R-N.C.
  • Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C.
  • Kent Conrad, D-N.D.
  • Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
  • Ben Nelson, D-Neb.
  • Judd Gregg, R-N.H.
  • Pete Domenici, R-N.M.
  • George V. Voinovich, R-Ohio
  • James M. Inhofe, R-Okla.
  • Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
  • Rick Santorum, R-Pa.
  • Lincoln D. Chafee, R-R.I.
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
  • Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C.
  • Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
  • John Cornyn, R-Texas
  • Robert Bennet, R-Utah
  • George Allen, R-Va.
  • John W. Warner, R-Va.
  • Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.

House Members

  • Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.
  • Robert E. Cramer, D-Ala.
  • John Boozman, R-Ark.
  • J. D. Hayworth, R-Ariz.
  • John B. Shadegg, R-Ariz.
  • Wally Herger, R-Calif.
  • David Dreier, R-Calif.
  • Calvin Dooley, D-Calif.
  • Christopher Cox, R-Calif.
  • Bob Beauprez, R-Colo.
  • Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo.
  • John B. Larson, D-Conn.
  • Robert R. Simmons, R-Conn.
  • Michael Castle, R-Del.
  • Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla.
  • Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Fla.
  • Ric Keller, R-Fla.
  • Katherine Harris, R-Fla.
  • Mark Foley, R-Fla.
  • Tom Feeney, R-Fla.
  • Jack Kingston, R-Ga.
  • John Linder, R-Ga.
  • David Scott, D-Ga.
  • Tom Latham, R-Iowa
  • Jim Leach, R-Iowa
  • Jim Nussle, R-Iowa
  • C.L. Otter, R-Idaho
  • Mike Simpson, R-Idaho
  • Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill.
  • Jerry Weller, R-Ill.
  • Judy Biggert, R-Ill.
  • J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.
  • Dan Burton, R-Ind.
  • Chris Chocola, R-Ind.
  • John N. Hostettler, R-Ind.
  • Mark Souder, R-Ind.
  • Dennis Moore, D-Kan.
  • Jim R. Ryun, R-Kan.
  • Ron Lewis, R-Ky.
  • Edward Whitfield, R-Ky.
  • Richard H. Baker, R-La.
  • Jim McCreary, R-La.
  • Richard E. Neal, D-Mass.
  • Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.
  • Wayne Gilchrest, R-Md.
  • Steny Hoyer, D-Md.
  • Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine
  • Dave Camp, R-Mich.
  • Joseph Knollenberg, R-Mich.
  • Michael J. Rogers, R-Mich.
  • Fred Upton, R-Mich.
  • Mark R. Kennedy, R-Minn.
  • Collin Peterson, D-Minn.
  • Jim Ramstad, R-Minn.
  • Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
  • Sam Graves, R-Mo.
  • Kenny C. Hulshof, R-Mo.
  • Charles Pickering, R-Miss.
  • Charles Taylor, D-Miss.
  • Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
  • Dennis Rehberg, R-Mont.
  • Howard Coble, R-N.C.
  • Sue Myrick, R-N.C.
  • Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D.
  • Lee Terry, R-Neb.
  • Jeb Bradley, R-N.H.
  • Michael A. Ferguson, R-N.J.
  • Frank Pallone, D-N.J.
  • Jim Saxton, R-N.J.
  • Heather Wilson, R-N.M.
  • Jon Porter, R-Nev.
  • Peter King, R-N.Y.
  • Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.
  • Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.
  • Vito Fossella, R-N.Y.
  • Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.
  • Sue W. Kelly, R-N.Y.
  • Thomas Reynolds, R-N.Y.
  • Rob J. Portman, R-Ohio
  • Paul E. Gillmor, R-Ohio
  • David Hobson, R-Ohio
  • John A. Boehner, R-Ohio
  • Patrick J. Tiberi, R-Ohio
  • Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio
  • Tom Cole, R-Okla.
  • Frank D. Lucas, R-Okla.
  • Darlene Hooley, D-Ore.
  • Philip S. English, R-Pa.
  • Melissa A. Hart, R-Pa.
  • Paul E. Kanjorski, D-Pa.
  • Tim Holden, D-Pa.
  • J. Gresham Barrett, R-S.C.
  • Joe Wilson, R-S.C.
  • Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
  • Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.
  • Harold E. Ford Jr., D-Tenn.
  • John S. Tanner, D-Tenn.
  • Sam Johnson, R-Texas
  • Jeb Henserling, R-Texas
  • Joe Barton, R-Texas
  • Kevin P. Brady, R-Texas
  • Tom DeLay, R-Texas
  • Henry Bonilla, R-Texas
  • Jim Turner, D-Texas
  • Chris Cannon, R-Utah
  • Jim Matheson, D-Utah
  • Eric I. Cantor, R-Va.
  • Thomas M Davis, R-Va.
  • Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.
  • Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
  • Rick Larsen, D-Wash.
  • Adam Smith, D-Wash.
  • Mark Green, R-Wisc.
  • Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc.
  • F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc.
  • Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.V.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 2:42:02 PM.

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