Lobbying. Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH Board Member, PSR Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Presentation goals. LEGISLATOR. BILL. LOBBY VISIT. Why Lobby?. Influence specific legislation. Provide in-depth information on your issue.
Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH
Board Member, PSR
Pediatric Environmental Health Fellow, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Influence specific legislation.
Provide in-depth information on your issue.
Convey the views of many constituents.
Learn about what is happening with your issue in this Congress.
Build a relationship with your legislator.
Last week, an energy efficiency bill passed the House of Representatives.
A similar bill is in the Senate right now, in the Energy & Natural Resources Committee.
How are we going to get our Senators to support this important bill?
Congressional staffers say:
but who you know that counts.
Better Know a Congressperson
Better Know a District
Build your team
Formulate a focused ‘ask’
Be well informed about your subject
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Friends Committee on
Political context of your bill
Use websites of other groups working on the issue or call them.
People member listens to
People impacted by the issue
Speak for a larger group within the district
1 – Co-sponsor or support a bill/resolution
2 – Sign onto a letter
3 – Speak to an issue (on floor, in committee, at an event, op-ed)
4 – Develop a relationship with a staffer
Call the district office
Email a visit request-to correct legislative aide
Include names of your team members, issue topic and date range
You want to meet in Washington DC with the Legislative Aide of Senator Rand Paul who works on environmental issues.
Prepare a scheduling request to discuss S.2074 - A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.
Dear Ms. Bovard:
I am a constituent of Senator Rand Paul and wish to meet with you in about two weeks, when I will be in Washington DC from April 1st through April 15th. I would like to discuss Senate bill S. 2074.
I am representing student PSR and the American Medical Student Association chapters from the University of Kentucky. I will be joined by Barb Gottlieb of PSR and Dr. Stephen Colbert of the Better Know a Environmental Disaster Association.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. I look forward to speaking with you.
Your name, phone number, email and address
Assign roles-choose a leader
What questions to ask the staff?
Organize your information
Determine who makes the ask
Assign a note-taker
Create a one page sheet outlining your position-offer at the end of the meeting
Start out positive, make a connection
Find out how much your staffer is familiar with the issue or their position on your request
Treat them with respect (whether you agree with them or not), follow structure, and say “thank you”
S.2074 - A bill to promote energy savings in residential buildings and industry.