As was the case two years ago, there are many new faces in the Congress that convened on January 3, 2013 – 98 total between the two Houses of the Congress, 14 new Senators and 84 freshmen House Members. These new elected officials present an excellent opportunity to introduce our industry and define ourselves before our detractors do so for us.
Our Washington team is already active on Capitol Hill, but we all need to do our parts, as well. Former House Speaker Thomas O’Neill once said, “All politics is local”, and I wholeheartedly agree! There is nothing more effective than making a local connection with your elected officials. If your Congressman, Congresswoman or Senator is one of the newbies, I encourage you to reach out to him or her at your first opportunity. Even if they are not new, it is time to introduce yourself, your business and our industry.
The House and Senate will be in recess during the last week in March and the first week in April. Schedule a one-on-one meeting, attend a town hall meeting or just stop by the district office and introduce yourself.
was the President of the Indoor Tanning Association.
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