Call your elected official

Telephone calls have the benefit of immediacy. While the need to be brief works against providing much supporting information, telephone calls are most effective when time is short.

  • Remember that a staff member, not the legislator, often takes telephone calls. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issues in which you are interested.
  • Identify yourself and state the issue area. Provide the bill number when possible.
  • Leave a brief message for the legislator, such as “Please tell [legislator] that I called to oppose [bill number], the energy tax bill, because it would have serious economic disadvantages and could result in layoffs at our facilities.”
  • Ask for the legislator’s position on the issues. You may also request a written response to your telephone call.
  • Follow up the telephone call with a letter reiterating the discussion points.

Telephone calls are also useful to follow up on a previous communication. Remember, don’t assume a single communication will do the job of getting the legislator’s vote.

Forms of Address for Government Officials



Spoken Greeting

President of the United States

Mr. (or Madam) President

Vice President

Mr. (or Madam) Vice President

Cabinet members

Mr. (or Madam) Secretary

United States Senator

Senator Jones

Speaker of the House

Mr. Speaker; Madam Speaker

United States Representative

Mr. (or Mrs., Ms.) Jones


Governor or Governor Jones

State Legislators

State House: Representative, Delegate, or Assemblyman* Jones
State Senate: Senator Jones


Mr. Justice or Judge Jones; Madam Justice or Judge Jones


Mayor Jones; Mr. (Or Madam) Mayor; Your Honor


*Certain states have a House of Delegates, House of Representatives, or House of Assembly Members. Address your letter accordingly.

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