Tips for Visiting a Member or Staffer of Congress

By David Silverberg, Dennis Hastert, Tom Daschel

Part of Congress For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you’re trying to meet with your Senator or Representative to lobby for a cause, these tips can help you prepare for your trip to Capitol Hill (or to your local government offices) and make a lasting first impression:

  • Be prompt, brief, and concise.

  • Know your goals.

  • Prepare the ground.

  • Do your homework.

  • Be courteous and calm.

  • Know your facts.

  • Offer assistance.

  • Provide data on the cost and economic impact of your proposal if you can.

  • Provide helpful written material and offer to answer any questions.

  • Always follow up with a call, e-mail, or note.