Contact elected officials
Contacting your elected officials
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Do your homework
To identify your legislator, you can use the Find Your Representative tool or Search for Your Senators by state. Once you identify your members of Congress, the best place to find their contact information is on their website.
When calling an office, ask to speak to the science staffer or the staffer whose portfolio includes environment, energy, or space as appropriate. To send an email, use the form provided on the website of the office. Before you reach out, do your research by reviewing the member’s biography, issues page, press releases, and how they voted on recent legislation. Most of this can be done on their website.
Another good place to research your legislators is Congress.gov, where you can view any legislation that your member has authored, sponsored, and co-sponsored. If you know the title or bill number, you can read a short plain-English summary of the bill and monitor what stage the bill is at in the legislative process.
Draft your message
1Identify yourself as a scientist and, if applicable, a constituent.
2Specify the policy issue or bill you are contacting them about.
If applicable, thank them for their past work on this or another issue.
Tell them what you want them to do about (support or oppose) the issue or bill.
Provide additional details about why they should support or oppose an issue or bill and how their district will be negatively or positively affected by it.
Offer to be a resource on this issue.
7Thank them for their consideration and let them know you will follow up with them as the issue moves forward.