Calling Your Legislator

Checklist for Phone Calls

 Four Keys

  • Be brief.
  • Be timely.
  • Rehearse.
  • Be prepared to leave a one-sentence message.


If you cannot say what you need to say within three minutes, write a letter.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Do make notes and practice what you want to say.
  • Do identify yourself.
  • Do use bill numbers if you have them.
  • Do be prepared to leave a short message such as, “Please support House File 100, the Hunger Reduction Bill.”
  • Don’t insist on a call-back.
  • Do make phone calls before key votes. Respond quickly to organization “alerts.”
  • Do report back to your organizations on your phone conversations.

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