Visiting Legislators in Their Home District
Most legislators travel to their home districts fairly often--on weekends, if possible, and when Congress is not in session. They go home, in part, to meet with constituents either individually or in town meetings. You can set up a meeting with your Representative or Senator during one of these visits or attend a town meeting forum to ask a question about your issues -- a great way to educate others in the issue.
To prepare for the meeting:
- Arrange for a small group of people who share your concerns to participate in the meeting. Decide ahead of time what the group will say and who will speak on each issue.
- Limit your visit to one, or at most two, topics.
- Decide in advance what you hope to get out of the meeting--an agreement to sponsor a particular bill. Remember the Golden Rule--treat the Member as you would like to be treated if you were in his or her shoes.
During the meeting:
You can also invite your elected officials to participate in your organization's activities. You might ask them to address your group or present them with an award. These events leave a lasting, positive impression about the organization and build a relationship with the legislator that can be useful.
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