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Congressman Bob Gibbs Introduces Unprecedented Constituent Outreach Program

January 26, 2011     

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs today 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 opening of 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 we thought 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.     
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.     

 ”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
                      4/21        2:00PM-5:00PM     Nelsonville Public Library    95 W. Washington Street       Nelsonville  


Belmont       2/8
                      3/12    2:00PM-5:00PM        St. Clairsville Public Library   108 W. Main Street                      St. Clairsville

Carroll            2/10
                       4/14    1:00PM-4:00PM       Carroll County Public Library   70 2nd Street NE                        Carrollton

Coshocton     2/23
                       4/27     10:00AM-1:00PM     Coshocton Public Library         655 Main Street                           Coshocton

Guernsey      2/15
                      4/19      2:00PM-5:00PM        Guernsey Co. Library-Crossroads Branch       63500 Byesville Road      Cambridge

Harrison       2/18
                      4/15       10:00AM-1:00PM     Puskarich Public Library            200 East Market Street                   Cadiz

Hocking        2/2
                      4/7         10:00AM-1:00PM      Logan-Hocking County Library    230 East Main Street                      Logan

Holmes         2/1
                     4/5          2:00PM-5:00PM         Holmes County Library                 3102 Glen Drive                               Millersburg

Jackson   2/9    



                4/13       1:00PM-4:00PM        Jackson County Commissioner’s Office           275 Portsmouth Street                   Jackson

Knox       2/24
               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
                4/7        1:30PM-4:30PM      Hebron Municipal Office                        934 W. Main Street                         Hebron

Morgan      2/25
                    4/22      1:00PM-4:00PM     Kate Love Simpson Library               358 E. Main Street                        McConnelsville

Ross       2/16
               4/20          1:00PM-4:00PM         Chillicothe & Ross County Library        140 S. Paint Street                        Chillicothe

Tuscarawas     2/17       CANCELED Due to weather 

                 3/17        10:00AM-1:00PM
                4/21        10:00AM-1:00PM      Tuscarawas Co. Library – New Philadelphia   121 Fair Ave NW      NewPhiladelphia


Vinton      2/14
                  4/11        1:00PM-4:00PM        Vinton County Community Building     31935 State Route 93 N                  McArthur






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