OAPSLO couldn’t have asked for a better day for the 2022 Golf Outing at Rattlesnake Ridge Golf Course. The weather was beautiful, the course known for its excellent greens and immaculate conditions, did not disappoint. Throw that on with awesome networking, and you couldn’t help but have a great time. This was a special treat to reengage with colleagues, and meet new friends and connections. No one left empty handed thanks to the generosity of everyone who brought raffle prizes.
We would not have been able to put on such a great event without the support of our sponsors. Great American Insurance Company, bronze sponsor provided lunch and dinner, and The Cincinnati Specialty Underwriters Insurance Company, our copper sponsor provided the cart beverages.
OAPSLO in conjunction with OIA presented a webinar on Navigating the Hard Market – Designing Top Quality Submissions on Dec. 9, 2020. Seventy-one agents were educated on this topic!
OAPSLO Panelists Ken Kukral, Jason Stoermer, JB Civille, and Andy Hamilton were joined by Judy Sivy (OIA) to provide valuable information to OAPSLO and OIA members. If you were unable to attend you can access the recording by clicking the link below.
Nov. 9, 2022 Lauren Reid, Government Affairs Manager, Ohio Insurance Agents Association, Inc.
First, we want to say thank you for your generous and loyal support to OIAPAC. Your contributions showed direct success in candidate victories in Ohio at the Supreme Court, Legislature, and Statewide Offices. As you know, OIAPAC supports candidates with pro-business views that promote a strong economy and competitive insurance market. We know looking ahead into 2023 that many of the candidates elected yesterday will fulfill the values we hold dear and protect the independent agency system.
2022 General Election Recap
Yesterday’s election generated 51% voter turnout, with record breaking early voting with 1.55 million Ohioans requesting an absentee ballot or casting their ballot early in-person.
Voter drop-off was at an all time low of 2% for Supreme Court Candidates from 16% in 2020. Raising the position of Supreme Court candidates on the ballot and distinguishing their party affiliation for the first time seemed to have played a critical role in this election.
Republicans Sweep Supreme Court Races
Republican Justice Sharon Kennedy will be the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Kennedy defeated Justice Jennifer Brunner by a margin of 56.3% – 43.7%. Brunner will remain on the court going into 2023 and Governor DeWine will appoint a replacement to Kennedy’s seat once she transitions to the Chief Justice in the new year.
Justices Pat DeWine and Pat Fischer were also re-elected for another term, defeating Marilyn Zayas and Terri Jamison by margins of 56.5% – 43.5% and 57.2% – 42.9%.
Another 4 Years for Governor Mike DeWine and other Statewide Officials
Governor Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted were reelected by a 25.4% margin over Nan Whaley and Cheryl Stephens. In addition, incumbent Republicans swept all statewide executive offices.
Attorney General: Dave Yost (R) defeated Jeff Crossman (D) 60.4% – 39.6% Auditor of State: Keith Faber (R) defeated Taylor Sappington (D) 59% – 41% Secretary of State: Frank LaRose (R) defeated Chelsea Clark (D) and Terpsehore Tore Maras 59.5% – 39.4% – 1% Treasurer or State: Robert Sprague (R) defeated Scott Schertzer 58.8% – 41.2%
Ohio General Assembly Furthers Supermajority
The Ohio General Assembly will remain firmly controlled by Republicans. In the Ohio House, House Republicans have increased their supermajority by picking up four seats leading to a 68-31 majority heading into the 135th General Assembly in January. Although, that breakdown could slightly change as additional votes are counted as Ronald Beach IV (R) holds a 96-vote lead over incumbent Richard Brown (D). The race falls within the half-point margin that triggers and automatic recount under Ohio Law.
In the Ohio Senate, Republicans look to have a 26-7 supermajority next year. The largest Republican majority since 1951.
Independent insurance agents will be well-represented in the 135th Ohio General Assembly with the re-election of three OIA members: State Reps. Jason Stephens, Brian Lampton, and Jessica Miranda. We are proud that Reps. Stephens, Lampton, and Miranda are members of our association, and we look forward to the opportunity to work with them again next year.
Vance Defeats Ryan; Democrats win Congressional District in Cincinnati
Republican JD Vance will head to the U.S. Senate next year replacing retiring Senator Rob Portman. Vance’s victory comes from a well-fought campaign against Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan by a margin of 53.3% – 46.7%.
Next year, Ohio’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives will consist of 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats. Cincinnati City Councilman Greg Landsman (D) defeated longtime Congressman Steve Chabot (R) by a margin of 52.5%-47.5%. The other new faces in Congress includes State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D) who defeated Madison Gesiotto Gilbert (R) by a margin of 52.6% – 47.4%. As well as former President Trump aide Max Miller (R) who defeated opponent Matthew Diemer for the seat of retiring Congressman Anthony Gonzalez.
Thank You OIAPAC Contributors
Again, thank you OIPAC contributors! Your investment helps strengthen OIA’s advocacy efforts and get insurance friendly candidates to represent you, your business, and your clients in state and federal government.
If you have any questions regarding the 2022 election results or want to learn more, please reach out.
Founded in 1964, Arlington/Roe is a family-owned managing general agency and wholesale insurance broker. Our lines of business range from motorcycles to complex environmental risks and everything in between. We are proud of our associates’ insurance knowledge and the breadth of our E&S and standard insurance company markets. When producers consistently trust in our specialty underwriting and brokerage teams, our advantage becomes their success.
Our goal is to provide one-stop solutions for our independent producers’ local and nationwide insurance coverage needs. Note our aviation specialty is available to producers nationwide.
The McGowan Companies has over 50 years of exceptional service in the insurance industry. The McGowan Companies core insurance operations consist of McGowan Program Administrators (MPA), McGowan Excess & Casualty (MEC), McGowan, Donnelly & Oberheu, LLC (MDO), McGowan Governmental Underwriters (MGU), and McGowan Risk Specialists (MRS).
McGowan has become the industry leader for specialized insurance programs. We offer full in-house authority to underwrite, rate, quote, bind and issue policies on behalf of National “A” Rated Carriers, processed with state-of-the-art technology, combined with the exceptional service only achievable by over 50 years of cultivation and growth. The McGowan Companies have perfected the recipe for servicing your specialized insurance needs.
Contact McGowan today to learn more:
Michael Moncada, CPCU Director of Placements & Strategic Partnerships The McGowan Companies 20595 Lorain Road Fairview Park, OH 44126 (440) 333-6300, x 3670 (216) 217-5519 mobile
Are You Addressing Environmental Liabilities with Your Clients??….
Argosy Risk Specialists, a wholesale broker specializing in environmental insurance, offers expert guidance in addressing environmental matters with insureds of all sizes, in all industry sectors. Engaging Argosy in the process – as a seamless and collaborative part of your account team, a consultant or as an indirect advisor – allows you to feel confident in addressing this complicated subject, helping to keep your clients and drive new business
Argosy is led by Tanya Andolsen, a 26-year veteran and leading expert in the environmental insurance niche, with extensive experience at some of the most trusted organizations in the industry.
“It’s important to me that agents and brokers value the guidance that Argosy Risk Specialists can offer as a trusted partner and resource when it comes to environmental risks,” said Andolsen. “Throughout my career, I’ve encountered too many companies that are uninsured or underinsured for potential environmental liabilities. In most cases it’s because of inadequate counseling or direction from their current agent or broker, merely because the account team lacks the expertise or knowledge on how to even begin addressing the subject with their insureds.”
Argosy works closely with retail brokers to make sure they are asking the right questions to uncover and address environmental exposures for their clients. Since it’s not an area of coverage that most brokers encounter on a regular basis, Argosy’s goal is to fill the knowledge gap as a seamless part of the account team for agents and brokers that don’t have an internal environmental specialist. In addition, Argosy offers a basic course on environmental risk and insurance (approved for 1 hr CE in Ohio) which has proved to be a valuable educational offering at brokers and agencies nationwide.
Once an exposure has been identified, securing the best coverage at a competitive price can also be a challenge if you don’t have the expertise to know where to go. Inadequate insurance programs can result in significant costs from environmental liabilities. With over 40 environmental insurance carriers and thousands of non-standard coverage forms and endorsements, a thorough understanding of the marketplace is imperative.
If you haven’t addressed environmental liabilities with your clients or you’re not confident that their insurance program includes the right coverage, then it’s time to engage an expert.
Contact Argosy today to learn more:
Tanya Andolsen President Argosy Risk Specialists 1300 East 9th Street, Suite 1650 Cleveland, OH 44114 216 408 7992 direct 440 458 2075 mobile
OAPSLO/OIA Joint Webinar – Nov. 30, 2022 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Richard S. Pitts will join OAPSLO and OIA on Wednesday, Nov. 30th for an informative webinar on Products Recall Insurance. One hour CE has been approved.
All product manufacturers – from those creating sophisticated medical devices to the manufacturer of the most common component parts – have a product recall risk. The costs of a product recall can call into question the very survival of a smaller organization. Is that recall risk insurable? The answer is yes, it is, but not without some foresight, planning and premium dollars. Insured manufacturers need to understand that, without significant endorsement, the standard commercial general liability policy (CGL), won’t respond to the costs of a recall.
Rick Pitts is vice president and general counsel for Arlington/Roe & Co., a leading Midwest managing general agent and wholesale insurance broker. Rick also serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana, Inc. As counsel to the “Big I,” Rick speaks annually at the association’s Agency Compliance seminars and teaches various seminars on insurance and employment related matters. Pitts has also presented continuing education seminars to insurance professionals nationally.
You must register in advance to attend the webinar: Registration link for Products Recall Insurance webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to join the webinar. Please share this invitation with others in your organization who might benefit in attending.
Thank you to Arlington/Roe for their generous sponsorship of this program.