Have you been considering getting in contact with elected professionals to be an advocate for others? If so, it’s important to know who represents you as well as what they are capable of doing. Nowadays, it’s much easier to contact elected representatives, as many of them have social media accounts that are used to bridge the gap between themselves and the people they represent. Before contacting any congressional members of staff, let’s look at their roles.
In the majority of congressional offices, there are legislative assistants that handle specific areas of interest. Senators along with representatives rely on these staff members, who keep them informed about specific issues. These legislative assistants can influence the stance of representatives, so it is wise to invest in developing a good rapport.
The staff members in district offices are the individuals responsible for making appointments with lawmakers as well as appearances. There are some members of staff that act as caseworkers, helping constituents deal with problems on a federal level, such as disability programs. They communicate information to lawmakers and evaluate problems within the local community and the impact that federal programs have on them.
Committee & Subcommittee
Along with congressional and district office staff, there are committees as well as subcommittees. The members of these committees are experts on specific issues that are relevant to their jurisdiction. They work alongside legislators, who typically serve as members or chairmen of these committees.
Knowing who to contact is the first step towards getting your voice heard by members of congressional staff. The next step is knowing what you want to say and when to send your message so that it is seen. Do research to determine the best time to reach out to representatives and ensure that your message is received.