Meet with Your Elected Representative
Meeting with your elected official may be more work than other ways of communicating with your elected representatives but it can also be the most impactful. Learn more here.
Who to Contact
First things first, who do you contact? We encourage all Texas citizens to contact their Texas senators and representatives to encourage them to support a fair and open redistricting process. To do this, you need to know who your Texas senator and Texas representative are as well as the members of the Texas House and Senate Redistricting Committees. Use these links to identify your elected representatives, their mailing addresses, phone numbers, and a mechanism to email them.
Make an Appointment
Your next move is to make an appointment with your senator or representative. You may have more success if you are representing a group and will bring others from that group with you. The legislator may not be available so you may need to meet with a staff member. Determine where you will meet. Some legislators have local offices that may be more convenient to you. However, depending on the legislator’s or staffer’s schedule, you may need to meet at their office in Austin. Be prepared with dates and times when you are available. Then, call the office and request an appointment. Make sure to call and confirm the appointment one week before it is scheduled.
Attend the Appointment
It’s the big day. Dress appropriately. Serious business attire will help you be taken more seriously. Arrive 10-15 minutes early. However, be prepared for your scheduled appointment to not start on time. Once the appointment begins, state your position clearly and make it clear what you want the legislator to do. Always be prepared, courteous and brief.
How to Meet with Your Members of Congress Face-to-Face
The ThoughtCo provides a step-by-step guide to meeting with your congressional representative at https://www.thoughtco.com/meeting-with-your-members-of-congress-3322076
Setting Up a Meeting with Your Members of Congress
The National Council for the Social Studies explains how to handle the logistics of setting up a meeting. Although this information is for social studies educators, it’s useful for anyone. Read it at https://www.socialstudies.org/meeting-your-congressional-representatives-their-home-office