How do I contact my legislator?
Any opportunity to meet your legislators face-to-face will provide the most impact for you and your cause. When the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate are in session, meetings must be held in the legislator’s Washington D.C. office; when not in session, the legislator may meet with you in their state office. Only schedule meetings with your legislators; do not attempt to speak with elected officials for whom you are not a constituent.
- Be flexible. For the best possibility of speaking with a legislator, be flexible as to the time and location of the meeting, if possible.
- Your legislator is very busy; it may only be possible for you to meet with their staff and the meeting may be short.
- Plan in advance. Make an appointment at least a month in advance.
- Know your legislator. Have a clear understanding of their position on issues related to your topic of interest, as well as committees they serve on.
- Be prepared. Arrive early. Have your research, talking points and supporting materials ready. Have evidence to back up your position. Prepare supplemental materials to leave with your legislator’s office.
- Ask for something! Ask your legislator for a specific action or commitment. Do not waste your opportunity by not having a specific goal for the meeting.
If you cannot schedule an appointment with your legislator, then you can contact them through a phone c