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WRITING YOUR LEGISLATOR


Writing to your legislator is a great way to communicate your views with him or her. Some ask which is better, a letter or an email? If you have time, a letter will probably get the most attention but a personal email can also be effective. The key to having an impact is to make it personal, concise, and well thought out. Here are some tips on how to write an effective letter or email:

 

  • Keep it local – Write the legislator that represents you. They really care about what potential voters think so let them know that you are from their district.
  • Make it personal – Try not to use a cookie-cutter email or letter. Your impact is going to be greater if your message is distinctly yours.
  • Keep it Simple – Address only one topic in your letter.
  • Follow this structure:
    • Why are you writing? Who are you and what are your “credentials”. Be sure and provide them with your contact information so they can contact you if needed.
    • Provide more detail about your issue. Provide examples or data from research. Don’t over do the research. Bring out one or two pieces of data that support your issue and highlights your message
    • Be sure and let the legislator know how this issue affects you and your community or school
    • Close by requesting action. Let them know specifically what you want them to do. You aren’t writing just to inform them, you need their help. Let them know exactly what action you want them to take.

 

Addressing procedures:

 

State Officials:

Governor:

The Honorable (full name)

Governor of Texas

State Capitol

P.O. Box 12428

Austin, Texas 78711

 

Dear Governor (last name),

 

Lieutenant Governor:

The Honorable (full name)

Lt. Governor of Texas

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, Texas 78711-2068

 

Dear Governor (last name),

 

Speaker of the House:

The Honorable (last name),

Texas House of Representatives

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, Texas 78768-2910

 

Dear Mr./Mrs. (last name),

 

State Senator:

The Honorable (last name)

Texas Senate

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, Texas 78711-2068

 

Dear Senator (last name),

 

State Representative:

The Honorable (last name)

Texas House of Representatives

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, Texas 78768-2910

 

Mr. or Mrs. (last name),

 

CONTACT US


Questions regarding Advocacy:
Jennifer Bergland
512 450 5448
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