Tips for Writing to Your Legislators
Nine Tips for getting your legislators’ attention in a letter
- State your reason for writing. Identify your subject clearly, giving the name of the legislation you are writing about, and the bill number if you know it.
- Draw from your own personal experience. Tell how you believe the legislation would affect you, your family, your community, or your country.
- Use your own words, and avoid stereotyped phrases that sound like form letters.
- Be sure to thank your legislator if they have done something you think is right on a particular issue.
- Be as brief as you can without losing the message you want to convey.
- Be reasonable. Don’t ask for the impossible or engage in threats.
- Ask your legislators to state their positions on the issue in their replies. You are entitled to know. Put your return address on the letter. Envelopes get thrown away.
- Time the arrival of your letter so that it reaches the Capitol before legislation is acted on in committee or on the floor.
- Write on personal letterhead (if you have it), and be sure to sign your name if you have a typed letter.