LWV Ohio Lobby Corps

Role and Responsibilities

LWVO Lobby Corps volunteers guide League activities to monitor and impact policy making, primarily by the state legislature. 


Individual League members agree to take responsibility for a specific subject area outlined in the LWV Ohio Agenda for Action. This includes democracy issues and topics such as education, natural resources, and health equity. Volunteers typically focus on an area where they have a strong interest and relevant expertise. 


Lobby Corps members typically identify if the League has a position related to a specific piece of legislation, articulates why it is a concern to the League, develops the League’s stance on the bill, evaluates opportunities to impact the outcome and helps shape a useful strategy, develops and presents testimony, shares information with League members, develops action alerts, connects with other allies, and communicates with appropriate legislative leaders.  


While individual League members serve as the lead lobbyist for a specific area, all League members are encouraged to develop or share their knowledge of an issue with the Lobby Corps, and to participate in legislative advocacy. Similarly, Lobby Corps members are encouraged to connect with other League members and League chapters to share knowledge and to mobilize local League members to participate in lobbying activities. 


These are the requirements for Lobby Corps members:


  • Must complete online orientation and training.


  • Must have an interest in and willingness to learn about how government bodies conduct their business.


  • Must have an interest in and willingness to learn about the substantive issues on which they will be lobbying.


  • Must follow the nonpartisan policy developed for volunteer lobbyists by the State Board while serving as a Lobby Corps member; individuals who serve as volunteer lobbyists may still remain civically engaged and active in their individual capacity.


  • Should be comfortable with public speaking, advocating on LWV Ohio Agenda for Action, and interacting with the state legislators (training will be provided!).


  • Are encouraged to serve as an “ambassador” for LWV Ohio by talking about the organization to other meeting attendees.


  • Must not testify, lobby, or otherwise speak for LWV Ohio except as outlined in LWV Ohio policies.

  • Willingness to participate in monthly strategy/update meetings.


  • Willingness to observe committee/s to which bills of interest are assigned.


  • Willingness to update advocacy listserv on assigned issue.