CAPITOL HILL 101
MEETING WITH YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
• Introduce yourself to the legislator or their staﬀ members: tell them who you
are and where you live. Warm them up: Try to start by complimenting
something the legislator has done recently; their vote on an issue, a bill they
sponsored, etc. After a minute or two of such “small talk,” state your
standpoint the issue(s) you came to discuss. No matter how passionately you
feel about the issue, do not “rant-and-rave.” Nothing diminishes your
credibility more than an “in your face” demeanor. Tip: They know you pay their
• Be ready to answer questions and discuss your points in detail.
• If the legislator disagrees with you, stand up for yourself, debate the issues, but
do not become over-argumentative. Keep trying to emphasize the positives of
your standpoint. Always try to end the conversation on a positive note.
After the Meeting
Always send a follow-up letter or email thanking your legislator or staﬀ
members. Also include any additional information you may have oﬀered to
provide in support of your issue. The follow-up message is important, because
it conﬁrms your commitment to your cause and helps build a valuable
relationship between you and your representative.