Most state legislators actually pay close attention to the email messages and letters they receive on issues from constituents. It only takes a handful of messages to make a difference and even one thoughtful, timely, informative letter from a constituent on an issue can often really make a difference.
- Be sure to tell them who you are. Put your address and phone number on the message.
- If you are writing to your own senator or representative, identify yourself in the first line “as your constituent.”
- Write about one subject at a time and identify legislation byname/subject and include a bill number if you have it.
- State your reason for writing. Tell how the issue would affect you, your work, your family, community, etc.
- Provide a personal example of the issue and its affects. Examples are very useful to legislators.
- Be brief and concise!
- Be reasonable. Don’t ask and resist the urge to be angry or demanding.
- Ask his or her position on the issue. You are entitled to know.
- Be sure to thank the legislator for considering your views and for any responses you get.
Want to Send a U.S. Mail Letter to Your Legislator?
How Should the Letter Be Addressed?
Your Name Here
1001 Your Street
Yourtown, IN 46000
The Honorable Janet Smith
Indiana House of Representatives
[or] Indiana State Senate
200 W. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dear Representative [or] Senator Smith,
Questions or Need Help?
Contact the Indiana Chamber’s Legislative Action Center via email or (317) 264-7544.