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The Importance of Building Relationships with Congress
Now that you’ve met with your congressional office and advocated, what can you do next? As a peacebuilding lobbyist, FCNL’s Theo Sitther has plenty of experience building relationships with politicians and their staff.
You might think of lobbyists schmoozing or bullying, hoping to strong-arm in the policies they want. But Theo has found a much more effective route in espousing Quaker principles to advocate for peace on Capitol Hill.
Theo's Advocacy Tip
Building a relationship with your members of Congress is the best way to get them to do the right thing.
“Build a long term, respectful and sustained relationship with your members of Congress. It is the best way to get them to do the right thing. Even if you disagree with them on most issues, the value of building a relationship with their office cannot be overstated.”
The best way to build a mutually beneficial relationship with the offices of senators and representatives, according to Theo, is to think in the long-term. Working with and earning the trust of politicians requires patience, integrity, and understanding, and even in a sustained relationship, things may not go the way you want them to go. But by thinking in the long-term, being able to compromise, and valuing the connections you have on Capitol Hill, you’ll find your work paying off.