Making a Phone Call

Phone calls can help you establish a more personal rapport with your legislators than written communications. 

Here are some rules to go by when making a phone call to your legislator:

  • Identify yourself by name, address, and hometown within their district
  • Identify the bill by name and number
  • State briefly what your position is and how you would like your elected official to vote
  • Ask for their view on the bill or issue; be firm in obtaining a commitment to vote
  • Show appreciation for service on past votes (BE POSITIVE)
  • Supply additional information, if asked, as quickly as possible (The legislative cycle moves extremely fast during the session)
  • Provide the same information to the elected official’s secretary or legislative aide, if Congress or the legislature is in session

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