Senators and congressmen perform the very important work of passing bills and laws that will have an impact on day-to-day life for you and those you care for. They would not be able to do their jobs without the help of legislative assistants (LAs). These (often young) staff members are the professionals who work in the offices of senators and congressmen and provide the critical support these legislators need in the areas of administration, public relations, and communications. For each legislator there is a team of LAs focused on an area of policy that the senator or congressman is working on. Don't be discouraged when you visit or call your legislator and are connected with a staffer. LAs pay close attention to constituent (your) input and make recommendations to their boss. Be prepared to speak with them and show them the respect they deserve. Remember, they are indispensable to your legislator.