Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

Congressman Bob Gibbs Introduces Unprecedented Constituent Outreach Program

January 26, 2011
Press Release

January 26, 2011

Contact: Catherine Gatewood (202) 225-6265

WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbstoday introduced his unprecedented constituent outreach initiative that will be a first-of-its-kind program to meet with constituents in their own communities.  He also announced the openingof his district office in Zanesville, Ohio.

“The 18th district is literally the size of New Jersey which, in the past, has left constituents feeling like they didn’t receive the services they needed from their Member of Congress,” said Gibbs.  “One of my promises in the campaign was to be more accessible and our outreach program will make sure we hear the priorities of each community.

“As wethought about how to provide the highest quality assistance to residents in all 16 counties, it made sense to go against the status-quo.  Rather than having three physical locations that would still require my constituents to travel up to an hour to visit, I am sending my staff out into each community to hold open office hours.

“Our goal is to go directly to our constituents instead of making them come to us,” said Gibbs.  “This is an aggressive yet necessary plan if I am to be accessible to residents in all parts of our enormous district, and not just the larger counties.   Now people in the more remote areas will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of my staff at locations that are more convenient for them.”

Gibbs’ constituent outreach program will place staff in each of the 16 counties for official office hours at least once per month.   Additional hours will be added throughout the quarter based on population and need.   

During these office hours, Congressman Gibbs’ staff will be available to provide constituents with the same assistance they would receive had they traveled to the Zanesville office.   This includes help with a variety of services and issues, including Medicare, Veterans Affairs, Social Security, Internal Revenue Service issues, and matters regarding federal legislation.

The outreach schedule and other community forums, such as Town Halls, will posted in the local newspapers, on Congressman Gibbs’ official website, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTubepages, as well as via his E-Newsletter. 

In addition to this constituent outreach program, the district office officially opens on January 31.  The Congressman invites members of the general public and the media to the office for an “open house” on Thursday, February 3rd from 6:30-8:30 p.m.   

“This open house will be a good opportunity for me to visit with constituents and for people to get acquainted with my district staff,” said Gibbs. “I’m looking forward to the feedback from the district on the progress we have already made in our first few weeks in Washington.” 

Contact information for the Zanesville District Office:

1166 Military Road

Suite B

Zanesville, Ohio 43701

Phone: (740) 452-2279

Fax: (740) 452-2557

Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM

Starting in February, Congressman Gibbs’ staff will begin holding satellite office hours at the following locations and times:

 

County

Dates

Time

Location

Address

City

Athens

2/17

3/24

4/21

2:00PM-5:00PM

Nelsonville Public Library

95 W. Washington Street

Nelsonville

Belmont

2/8

3/8

3/12

2:00PM-5:00PM

St. Clairsville Public Library

108 W. Main Street

St. Clairsville

Carroll

2/10

3/10

4/14

1:00PM-4:00PM

Carroll County Public Library

70 2nd Street NE

Carrollton

Coshocton

2/23

3/30

4/27

10:00AM-1:00PM

Coshocton Public Library

655 Main Street

Coshocton

Guernsey

2/15

3/11

4/19

2:00PM-5:00PM

Guernsey County Library-Crossroads Branch

63500 Byesville Road

Cambridge

Harrison

2/18

3/18

4/15

10:00AM-1:00PM

Puskarich Public Library

200 East Market Street

Cadiz

Hocking

2/2

3/2

4/7

10:00AM-1:00PM

Logan-Hocking County Library

230 East Main Street

Logan

Holmes

2/1

3/3

4/5

2:00PM-5:00PM

Holmes County Library

3102 Glen Drive

Millersburg

Jackson

2/9

3/9

4/13

1:00PM-4:00PM

Jackson County

Commissioner's Office

275 Portsmouth Street

Jackson

Knox

2/24

3/24

4/28

1:30PM-4:30PM

Public Library of Mt. Vernon

and Knox County

201 North Mulberry Street

Mt. Vernon

Licking

2/4

3/17

1:30PM-4:30PM

Licking County Library

101 West Main Street

Newark

Licking

4/7

1:30PM-4:30PM

Hebron Municipal Office

934 W. Main Street

Hebron

Morgan

2/25

3/35

4/22

1:00PM-4:00PM

Kate Love Simpson Library

358 E. Main Street

McConnelsville

Ross

2/16

3/16

4/20

1:00PM-4:00PM

Chillicothe & Ross County Library

140 S. Paint Street

Chillicothe

Tuscarawas

2/17

3/17

4/21

2/17:  1:30PM-4:00PM

3/17: 10:00AM-1:00PM

4/21: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Tuscarawas County Library –

New Philadelphia Branch

121 Fair Ave NW

New Philadelphia

Vinton

2/14

3/14

4/11

1:00PM-4:00PM

Vinton County Community Building

31935 State Route 93 N

McArthur

 

 Congressman Gibbs has hired the following district staff:

Susan Brinker – District Director

Dallas Gerber - Field Representative

Shanna Schlabach – Field Representative/Case Worker

Ashley McDonald - Case Worker

Darrell Kick - Field Representative

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