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Because of federal lobbying laws, all official KU requests for meetings with the Kansas congressional delegation must be coordinated with Government Relations. Please contact Jack Cline at 202-434-4790 prior to requesting a meeting with Kansas members of the U.S. House or the U.S. Senate.

At the state level, Lindsey Douglas, director of state relations, can assist you with official interactions with state policymakers.

Communication Tips

  • Try to keep letters and emails to one page.
  • Personal stories are always compelling, so if you have one that helps illustrate your point, share it with your audience.
  • An email with a PDF attachment is the quickest way to get your message seen by members of U.S. Congress. Please share this with Jack Cline prior to sending it to Washington.

If you’re meeting with policymakers in person:

  • Before you go in, think of a sentence or two to sum up your position. It’s a good way to get the ball rolling.
  • Explain an issue in everyday language. Don’t feel like you need to use technical jargon or abbreviations to impress your audience.
  • Be sure to talk about how your ideas will benefit KU, the state of Kansas, or the country as a whole.

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