Send a Letter to Your Legislator

As a constituent, your lawmakers and political appointees know that you are the key to their understanding of issues important to you, not to mention their political futures. They want and need to hear from you on issues you consider important.

Personal messages allow you to present your position without interruption. It lets the lawmaker know you care about an issue and that you'll watch his or her choices carefully. Keep your letter short and to the point with just enough facts and figures to enhance your statement. Why does the bill affect you? Tell your story-- they should know if you are a cancer survivor, or a caregiver or a concerned citizen.

Be Brief, Specific and Courteous
Keep your letter to one page, one issue, and state its purpose in the first paragraph. If your letter pertains to a specific bill, identify it. Always be courteous, even if you disagree with your lawmaker's position.

Ask for a Reply
Always close your letter by asking for a written response. You are taking the time to write to them, they are your representatives-- they should be able to take the time to write to you. In addition to sending your letters through email, you may also transmit your letter via fax when a vote or decision on an issue is imminent. Faxing is very popular, as most lawmakers have published fax numbers. It's a great way for you to get your letter to your lawmaker in a matter of minutes-for only the cost of a telephone call. Be sure to include your fax number on your letter in case your lawmaker decides to fax you back.

Mailing letters to members of Congress has become more difficult and slower in these days of heightened security at the U.S. Capitol and in our country. While written letters have a personal impact and are easily the most powerful way to communicate with legislators outside of a personal visit, they can also take the longest to reach a legislator.