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Scheduling an in-district meeting with your Member of Congress

Consistent communication with a district/local office is the best way to build relationships, educate lawmakers and their staff on our issues, and advance our priority legislation. Below are some simple steps you can take to get started:

Schedule and prepare for an in-district meeting with your lawmaker and their staff.

During your local meeting:

  • Expect just 10 to 30 minutes for your meeting.
  • Explain the impact of an issue and make it personal.
  • Pitch a specific request and wait for a response.
  • Leave behind one of NALC’s many fact sheets. For the full list, click here.

Follow up with your lawmaker’s office and with NALC.

  • Submit a lobbying report to NALC to let us know how your meeting went. For the form, click here.
  • Write a personal, hand-written note thanking the lawmaker and their staff for the meeting.
  • Schedule a follow-up meeting for the following recess.

Maintaining these relationships does more than just help change the hearts and minds of lawmakers—it can double the impact when activists pick up the phone or send a quick e-mail as battles brew in Washington, DC. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact Ed Morgan at or at 202-662-2481.

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