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Lobbyists communicate the views of special interest groups to lawmakers, including members of Congress.  They aim to influence how lawmakers write or vote on legislation related to particular issues—immigrant rights, health insurance, clean energy, housing development, transportation, and many others.  Lobbyists are thus key players in local, state, and national politics.

Skills and Responsibilities

  • Represent the concerns of special interest groups to lawmakers in local, state, and federal government
  • Meet regularly with special interest groups and lawmakers
  • Understand the details of pending legislation, and persuade lawmakers to write and support legislation that serves their group’s interests
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Where They Work

Lobbyists often work for large corporations, labor unions, advocacy groups, and lobbying firms. Companies and organizations that have recently posted jobs for lobbyist-related positions in California include Verizon, Google, and the California Teachers Association.

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