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    When contacting your legislators, always be polite, professional, positive and respectful.
     
    Letter
    • Address your legislator as either “Senator” or “Representative.”
    • Identify yourself, and include your address and phone number.
    • Keep your letters to one page—be brief and get to the point quickly.
    • Avoid chain letters instead make the message personal and in your voice.
    • Include the bill number and what the bill is about at the beginning of your message.
    • Send a separate message for each issue.
    • Ask the legislator to reply and thank him/her for his/her time.
    Phone
    • Prepare beforehand by writing notes about the points you want to make.
    • Call your legislator at his/her office. If you are unable to speak with your legislator directly, ask to speak to a staff member who covers your issue area, such as education.
    • Address your legislator as either “Senator” or “Representative.”
    • Identify yourself and indicate that you are a constituent
    • Keep your call brief, be concise and to the point. Be specific about why you are calling.
    • Thank him/her for their attention to the matter, and let them know you are looking forward to seeing how he/she votes on the issue
    Visits
    • Call and make an appointment. A personal visit helps provide you with the opportunity to build a relationship with your elected official.
    • To help make the most of the time during your visit, practice beforehand what you want to say.
    • Be concise and to the point
    • Bring a written copy of your statement, along with supporting materials.
    • Leave a one-­‐page fact sheet with the most important information about your issue.
    • Take photos with your representative.
    • Follow-­‐up with a thank you note, reminding your legislator about what you talked about during your visit.
Last Modified on December 6, 2016