Contact your legislator

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Writing, emailing, and/or calling your legislator urging him/her to  support a specific piece of legislation is extremely effective.   Legislators do monitor incoming mail and normally pay attention to the  wishes of constituents who take the time to communicate with them.

To find the name and contact information of your legislator, click on this link: Contact your Legislators

Tips for calling your elected officials:

  1. Identify yourself as a constituent.
  2. Ask to leave a message for your specific legislator or elected official.
  3. Mention a specific piece of legislation.  For example:  “Please tell  Senator/Representative (Name) that I support _______ (name of bill).
  4. State your reasons for the support or opposition to the bill.
  5. Ask for your Senator/Representatives’ position on the bill.  You may also request a written response to your call.

Tips on writing an effective letter:

  1. State the specific purpose of your letter in the first paragraph and address only one issue per letter.
  2. Keep each letter to one page if possible.
  3. Give reasons why this issue matters to you.  It is effective to add stories or examples to support your position.
  4. Salutations on the envelope should say “The Honorable (Last Name).
  5. Salutations in the letter should state “Dear Senator/Representative (Last Name).
  6. Add a thanks to your request.  For example, “Thank you for your service to our state.”
  7. Include you name and address so that your legislator can identify you as a constituent.

Tips on writing an effective email:

  1. Put your home address in the subject line of the email so you are quickly identified as a constituent.
  2. Use the same guidelines above as for a written letter.
  3. It is always best to use your own words in an email.