The Importance of Staff
Eliminating Misdiagnosis and Reducing Wasteful Medicare Spending
The demands on a legislators’ time make staff very important. Staff members serve as legislators’ eyes and ears, bringing issues to their attention and relaying constituent concerns. While there is no substitute for working directly with a legislator at key points in the legislative process, building rapport with staff is essential for carrying out urology’s advocacy goals. For that reason, if the legislator is unavailable, you should schedule the initial meeting with a key staff aide..
— Gary Hymel, former Spokesman to former Speaker Tip O’ Neill
In a sense, the staff is a legislator’s alter ego. After you meet with a staff member, he or she is likely to summarize the meeting in a memo to the legislator. If you present your legislators with a complex problem, they probably will ask for staff recommendations before taking any action.
To facilitate your outreach to these influential staffers, contact the AACU Executive Office or access an online congressional staff directory, one of which is linked below.