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As long as this country has elected legislatures, lobbyists will be needed. A person who can learn about a client's business and can convey the client's concerns to legislators will be sought after.

Many states have term limits, meaning that elected officials can serve only a certain number of years. Lobbyists have become more necessary in these states. Term-limited representatives need to learn quickly about the issues they will be debating. Often they turn to lobbyists to give them the needed background information.

Where Did the Term “Lobby” Come From?

One account says that in the early 1800s people waited in the lobby of the New York State Capitol in order to talk to their legislators. Another story says that the lobby of the Willard Hotel was the meeting place for legislators and those who wanted favors done.

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