Congressman Bob Gibbs Introduces Unprecedented Constituent Outreach Program
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
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:
Nelsonville Public Library
95 W. Washington Street
St. Clairsville Public Library
108 W. Main Street
Carroll County Public Library
70 2nd Street NE
Coshocton Public Library
655 Main Street
Guernsey County Library-Crossroads Branch
63500 Byesville Road
Puskarich Public Library
200 East Market Street
Logan-Hocking County Library
230 East Main Street
Holmes County Library
3102 Glen Drive
275 Portsmouth Street
Public Library of Mt. Vernon
and Knox County
201 North Mulberry Street
Licking County Library
101 West Main Street
Hebron Municipal Office
934 W. Main Street
Kate Love Simpson Library
358 E. Main Street
Chillicothe & Ross County Library
140 S. Paint Street
Tuscarawas County Library –
New Philadelphia Branch
121 Fair Ave NW
Vinton County Community Building
31935 State Route 93 N
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