You’ll have plenty of time to lobby on Capitol Hill and meet with your U.S. Senators & Representatives!
If you stay at the official conference hotel, the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, you’ll be just 15 minutes from the U.S. Capitol!
The United States Capitol is one of the most recognizable symbols of democracy in the world. Serving as both a legislative office building and a historic monument, the Capitol draws thousands of tourists annually.
The ASGA National Student Government Summit is a great opportunity for you to visit the Capitol and also to meet your Representatives in Congress.
Representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are eager to meet with their constituents. Here are some tips for setting up a face-to-face meeting.
When to Lobby
We recommend arriving early to lobby on Wednesday, October 17 or Thursday, October 18, and perhaps after the conference on Monday, October 22, 2018.
What to Discuss
It is totally up to your students to determine the topics and issues to discuss.
Visit the U.S. Senate
If you would like to visit your Senator, here is contact information for the Members of the United States Senate.
Visit the U.S. House of Representatives
If you would like to visit your Representative, here is contact information for the Members of the United States House of Representatives.
How to Make Legislator Meetings Effective
1. Call early to inquire about scheduling. Remember that Members of Congress have incredibly busy schedules that constantly change based on voting times and hearings. Although Representatives and Senators are often not able to commit to meetings far in advance, it is always wise to contact their offices in Washington, D.C. with lots of notice so they have time to coordinate. NOTE: Many offices require a written request, so be prepared to draft a request on your official letterhead. Faxing may be the most appropriate form of delivery.
2. Remember to dress appropriately. The Capitol, House, and Senate office buildings serve as “work space” for the business of democracy and it’s important to present yourself professionally.
3. Be prepared and willing to share your thoughts with a member of your Senator’s or Representative’s staff, as meetings with your member of Congress may not be possible on the days you will be in Washington, D.C. Members of Congress are constantly briefed by staff and your concerns will be conveyed.
4. Feel free to contact ASGA at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We’re here to help!