Government Affairs

Helpful Links

  • US House
  • US Senate
  • State of Illinois
  • Contact

    JUF/JF Government Affairs Program
    Chicago Office 30 S. Wells St.
    Chicago, IL 60606
    fax: 312-855-2477

    Springfield Office
    520 S. 2nd Street - Suite 2-200
    Springfield, IL 62701
    fax: 217-753-1430

    Washington Office
    1720 I Street, NW, 8th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006
    fax: 202-466-7092

Visiting Capitol Hill

About Visiting Capitol Hill

Meeting with a member of Congress or congressional staff is a very effective way to convey a message about a specific legislative issue. Below are some suggestions to consider when planning a visit to a congressional office.

Visiting Tips

  • Plan Your Visit Carefully
    • Be clear about what it is you want to achieve; determine in advance which member or committee staff member you need to meet with to achieve your purpose.
  • Make an Appointment
    • Contact the Appointment Secretary/Scheduler. Explain your purpose and who you represent.
    • It is easier for congressional staff to arrange a meeting if they know what you wish to discuss and your relationship to the area or interests represented by the member.
  • Be Punctual and Patient
    • It is not uncommon for a Congressman or Congresswoman to be late, or to have a meeting interrupted. If interruptions do occur, be flexible. When the opportunity presents itself, continue your meeting with a member's staff.
  • Be Prepared
    • Bring information and materials supporting your position to the meeting.
    • Members are required to take positions on many different issues. In some instances, a member may lack important details about the pros and cons of a particular matter.
    • Demonstrate clearly the impact or benefits associated with a particular issue or piece of legislation.
  • Be Political
    • Members of Congress want to represent the best interests of their district or state. Wherever possible, demonstrate the connection between what you are requesting and the interests of the member's constituency.
    • Describe for the member how you or your group can be of assistance to him/her. Where it is appropriate, remember to ask for a commitment.
  • Be Responsive
    • Be prepared to answer questions or provide additional information, in the event the member expresses interest or asks questions.
    • Follow up the meeting with a thank you letter that outlines the different points covered during the meeting, and send along any additional information and materials requested.