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Professional Insurance Agents Name Rep. Charlie Melancon 2010 Legislator of the Year
Date:3/17/2010

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) has named Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon its 2010 Legislator of the Year. The award was presented March 17 during the 2010 PIA Federal Legislative Summit.

A conservative Blue Dog Democrat, Melancon represents Louisiana's 3rd Congressional District covering much of the southern part of the state. He is also a former insurance agent and a former member of PIA.

Melancon was instrumental in placing language in the House version of healthcare reform (H.R. 3962) that guarantees that licensed professional insurance agents will be able to sell health insurance policies offered through proposed health insurance exchanges. Prior to Rep. Melancon's involvement, licensed insurance agents would have been banned from participating and only unlicensed individuals would have been empowered to act as insurance agents.

"Charlie Melancon is someone who possesses a rare commodity on Capitol Hill: good old-fashioned common sense," said PIA National Director Richard "Richie" Clements of

SOURCE National Association of Professional Insurance Agents
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