CAPITOL HILL 101
MEETING WITH YOUR
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
Visiting your Members of Congress, or their staﬀ, face-to-face is the most
eﬀective way to inﬂuence them. Individuals and groups can arrange personal
meetings with Senators and Representative either in their Washington oﬃces,
or in their local oﬃces at various times during the year. To ﬁnd out when your
Senator or Representative will be in their local oﬃce, you can: call their local
oﬃce, check their web site or get on their mailing list. Whether you arrange to
meet with your elected oﬃcials in Washington or their local oﬃces, here are
some rules to follow:
Prepare for the Meeting
• Plan to discuss no more than two issues. Meetings are scheduled to last from
15- to 45-minutes.
• If you have any supporting handouts, charts or graphics, bring them with you.
Consider taking extra copies in case staﬀ members request them.
• Find out where your legislator stands and has voted on your issue. Many pro-life
groups, such as Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America,
Family Research Council and National Right to Life have excellent scorecards.
At the Meeting
• Arrive about 10 minutes before the appointment time. At least, be on time.
Dress neatly and conservatively. Be courteous and respectful. Relax.
• Do not be upset if you end up meeting with the legislator's staﬀ. They are often
more knowledgeable of individual issues than the legislators themselves, and
they WILL inform the legislator of your views and requests.