WAY Outside the Beltway – House District Directors on the Do's and Don'ts of In-State Meetings

Building relationships with lawmakers back home is a proven-effective congressional interaction strategy. A CMF survey of congressional staff examined the best methods utilized by members of Congress for understanding constituents' views. "Attending events in the district/state" was the top answer, with 98% of congressional staff noting its importance. In-state grassroots strategies got a significant boost in 2011 when the House of Representatives significantly altered its calendar, more than doubling the number of congressional recesses each year. This program will draw upon the results a survey of House District Directors and will discuss the differences and nuances of district-based interactions with members of Congress.

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Learning Objectives

  1. The best strategies for getting an in-district meeting with legislators; 
  2. The best ways to invite members of Congress to events; and 
  3. How many people to expect to attend in-district meetings and events.
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