Tools & Resources

How to Influence Policy and Gain the Attention of Legislators

Training & Strategy

February 10, 2009 | Download Document

Includes sections on:

  • The "markup" of legislation by committee chairs is the most significant step in the congressional legislative process.
  • Contacts with people on both sides of the aisle are essential.
  • "Values trump data," but research can exert a critical influence on public policy.
  • State-level advocates need to understand the 1 percent of their government that is unique.
  • Developing a long-term relationship with state legislators is critical.