To assist you in contacting your state officials, please review the tips below.
Finding Contact Information
Find the contact information for your State Legislators.
Find the contact information for your Governor.
Direct postal correspondence to your Governor as demonstrated below:
The Honorable (Name)
(Name of State) or
(Office of the Governor)
Dear Governor (Name),
Direct postal correspondence to your State Legislator as demonstrated below:
The Honorable (Name)
(State) State (Legisture or Assembly)
Dear (Senator / Respresentative/ Assemblyman) (Name),
Personal letters are one of the most effective ways Americans have of influencing elected state officials.
It is best to send letters to the representative from your local district in your state. Your vote helps elect them -- or not -- and that fact alone carries a lot of weight. Most elected officials have a standing policy to only respond to their own constituents, and to forward the letters of others to their own elected official.
If you want a response, you must include your name and address, even when using phone or email.
Personalizing your letter is more effective than sending the same "cookie-cutter" message as thousands of others. In the letter, identify yourself and your reason for writing. Be sure to state that you are a constituent, who lives or works in their district. Include information about your profession and other personal information (example: I am a…physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, pharmacist, patient, advocate, etc.).
Your letter should address a single topic or issue. Provide detail. Focus on the factual over the emotional. Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others. If a certain bill is involved, cite the correct bill title or number whenever possible. Close by requesting the action you want taken: a vote for or against a bill, or change in general policy. The best letters are courteous, to the point, and include specific examples.
To locate pending legislation in your state, visit the My State section of the AAHIVM website, and utilize the AAHIVM State Legislation Tracker.