Making phone calls can be a very effective way to communicate with your elected representatives. In fact, phone calls are considered one of the best ways to make an impact. We will make it as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Identify Your Representative
Your first step is to identify the local, state or federal official you want to contact and the telephone number at which they can be reached. This information is readily available from these sources:
- http://myreps.datamade.us/ . After you find the office you are seeking, you can select the Contact button for that person and you will be provided with their phone number.
- Find representatives on the Texas House Redistricting Committee at https://house.texas.gov/committees/committee/?committee=C080
- Find senators on the Texas Senate Redistricting Committer at https://www.senate.texas.gov/cmte.php?c=625
- You can also call your U.S. Representative or U.S. Senator at (202) 224-3121. This switchboard will connect you with your senator or representative.
Plan What You Want to Say
Planning ahead will help you be more effective. With a little planning, you will be able to research if there is a particular bill you want to mention.
Write down important things (like your representative’s name). Plan on being able to say only a few sentences so make them count. You won’t need to explain why you support or oppose something but you will want to be clear about your support or opposition.
Make the Call
You might reach an answering machine. It is more likely you will reach a busy assistant so you want to make your call count.
Be polite. Your call must stay connected to be recorded. Be brief so more calls can be taken by that busy assistant.
State your position clearly. Here is a simple script: “Hi, my name is [name]. I’m a constituent and I’m calling [official’s name] today to express my [support/opposition] for [bill or issue]. Please convey my position to [offical’s name]. Thank you.”
Be prepared to provide your zip code for their records. This information will prove you are a constituent and constituents carry more weight.
That’s it. Simple, right?