3 Steps to Quickly Build Rapport With Freshmen Members of Congress

3 Steps to Quickly Build Rapport With Freshmen Members of Congress

Government Relations January 20, 2015 By: Eric Dell

Congress saw more than 10 percent of its seats fall into new hands during the 2014 election cycle. The 71 freshman members of the 114th Congress will have a lot of catching up to do as they get to work in early 2015. One GR pro offers a three-step plan to quickly get to know, and get to work with, these new lawmakers.

As I talk with friends, colleagues, and association members from across the country, I sometimes hear the message of term limits, because "members of Congress never leave." I understand this sentiment and respect the opinion. However, whether you support or oppose term limits—or believe members of Congress tenures are too long—it doesn't matter when it comes to impacting policy through grassroots advocacy. You must acknowledge the facts. ...