March 19, 2013
For many members of Congress and Capitol Hill staffers, their first introduction to The Heritage Foundation is through our Government Studies department.
Headed by Capitol Hill veterans Mike Franc and Dani Doane, Government Studies coordinates Heritage’s outreach to Congress, one of the most important audiences for our research.
Just last month, more than 60 members of Congress attended weekly Heritage-sponsored events and meetings. And hundreds of Congressional staffers attended Heritage training sessions, luncheons and briefings. This is made possible by Heritage’s proximity to the Capitol, which allows legislators and their staff to participate regularly in our events.
In all, Heritage hosted 63 separate events for lawmakers and Capitol Hill staff in February. This fits into a broader strategy of innovative outreach to Capitol Hill:
- 71 lawmakers attended our annual Conservative Members Retreat. This two-day event gave Heritage experts the opportunity to brief lawmakers directly on critical issues like cutting spending, national security, and the future of the conservative movement.
- More than 100 Capitol Hill staffers regularly attend exclusive training seminars known as the Heritage Congressional Fellows program, to educate the next generation of conservative leaders.
- We also had 24 senior-level staffers attend the Madison Fellows one-day colloquium bringing the total number of program participants to 160 staffers.
- Working with a coalition of other conservative organizations, Heritage recently hosted the launch party for Insight, a new effort to reach out to the growing number of conservative African American and Latino Hill staff. 150 staff were in attendance for this event.
All this is in addition to our regular contact with decision makers. We routinely pass along Heritage policy analysis and research to key Congressional offices to ensure they have the facts on critical debates.
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