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Be Heard on the Hill
Connect with lawmakers - even when you disagree

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articipating in government is
an integral part of the legislative process, and the U.S.
Constitution ensures the public
can communicate with lawmakers.
Reaching out to members of Congress
can seem intimidating, especially if one
disagrees with the lawmakers' positions.
Still, those involved in the political
process said sharing information doesn't
need to be hard, and following this
year's election, as with any election,
voicing your priorities is paramount.
"Communication is critical," said
Neil Chatterjee, chairman of the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and former energy policy advisor

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to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell, R-Ky. "Policymakers make
decisions based on the record before
them. You want to make sure that your
position is reflected in that record, and
the only way to ensure that is to clearly
communicate that position."
Chatterjee said most public officials
in Washington, D.C., are capable of
disagreeing without being disagreeable.
"It's important to not take political
or policy disputes personally. Keep it
professional, and that provides the best
opportunity to bridge gaps," he said.
Beth Ann Jones, vice president
and general counsel for Hangsterfer's
Laboratories, said she focuses on the

business rather than politics. "A lot
of the time, your representative is not
going to be of the same party or the
same beliefs, so I don't want to bring
politics into it. For me, it is about the
company and what we can do for the
community," she said.
Ron Powell, president of MorOil
Technologies, said honesty and
rationality are essential elements in a
relationship with a lawmaker.
Lon Fanning, director of innovation and technical services at DuBois
Chemicals Inc., said that half of the
time, he has met with people who
have different political opinions, and
it hasn't mattered. "No one should


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