How to Lobby
Writing a letter is considered the best way to communicate with your elected
officials. Follow the tips below to express your opinions effectively:
Identify yourself, personally and/or by your business.
Legislators appreciate hearing from their constituents and need to know who
Be specific – state up front your concern or issue. Keep
your information concise and to the point.
Let them know how you feel -- in support or opposition
-- and why you feel that way. Often, it is the specific impacts -- as you explain
them -- that will help your legislators understand the real-world implications
of the legislation they are considering.
Tell them what you want. Don’t leave them guessing. If
you have a solution or recommendation, state it, again keeping it short and
Be sure to ask them to respond and tell them how to reach
Your letter should be addressed to:
The Honorable (legislator’s full name)