How to Write a Letter to Your Representative
Writing a letter to your state representative is a great way to make your
voice heard. Email is the fastest way to get in touch with your representative
but there is no substitute for a handwritten letter describing the wishes of
Here are some tips to keep in mind when writing to your representative.
Send your letter to YOUR local representative
- Your vote is important to them, and as their constituent, they are interested in what you think.
- Go to http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/home.htm to find out who your representatives are.
Discuss a single topic.
- Many political action committees (PACs) recommend a three paragraph letter addressing who you are, why you are writing and the action you want taken.
- Include any credentials or personal experience you have that pertains to the issue.
- Provide specific details to support your request and cite the correct title or number of the bill your referring to when possible.
- Keep it short. One page is best.
Address your letter correctly
- This also applies to emails (see example)
- If you need to find the address for your representative, go to http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/home.htm
- Include your address.
- Be respectful without over doing it.
- Thank them for reading your letter.