Build a Relationship with Congress

Why build a relationship?

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA) accepts a slice of "budget pie" at the home of FCNL constituent Tom Ewell

One of the most effective ways to influence your legislator is to meet in person. A direct conversation--whether with your legislators or their staff--enables you to establish a real relationship. You can share your concerns directly, ask questions about important policy issues, and hear what your legislator has to say.

Understanding why a legislator holds a particular position opens the door for education and friendly persuasion.

Remember, you don't have to travel all the way to Washington to meet with your members of Congress or their staff. It's often easier to get an appointment in the district office, and you'll have just as much influence. You can also invite your members of Congress to a community event.

"I'm here, at Capitol Hill in the lobbying session, because I think that every single decision that is made here not only affects American citizens, but the worldwide community, and I want to have, regardless of how small it might be, my impact on those decisions."
- Joel Lazada, at the 2011 Spring Lobby Weekend

Resources for building a relationship

FCNL constituent Sue May and FCNL Nuclear Disarmament lobbyist David Culp meet with staff from Sen. Saxby Chambliss' (GA) office.

Students from Wilmington College lobby Sen. George Voinovich (OH) on the CLEAR Act at FCNL's 2010 Spring Lobby Day

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