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Thomas Jefferson once said, "America is not governed by the majority, but by the majority of those who participate."

Jefferson's belief about the impact political advocacy had on Government 200+ years ago still rings very true today. That's why SHRM, in an effort to enhance the visibility of the HR profession among policymakers in Washington and the states, has embarked on a 5-year initiative to establish the SHRM Advocacy Team (aka The 'A-Team'); a network of SHRM member advocates throughout all 435 congressional districts across America. Read more about this initiative.

Other advocacy resources are available on the SHRM Policy Action Center website. Here, you'll find a links for Writing Your Elected Officials, accessing the A-Team Resource Page, as well as information about our Day Inside the Beltway and our Day Inside the District programs, where members meet face-to-face with legislators and their staffs either in Washington or back home in their districts during a recess.

Also, be sure to take a moment to familiarize yourself with the public policy issues SHRM is advocating on and consider exercising your HR Voice by actively participating in the political process of government. Check out the "Issues and Position Statements" and "Regulatory and Judicial Filings" tabs in the column to the left to get a flavor of what public policy issues SHRM is actively engaged in.

If you're a SHRM State Legislative Director, be sure to check out your resource page for some helpful items that might be useful in your duties.