CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE
What can YOU Do??
Failure to effectively reach members of Congress has disastrous consequences. Studies show that politicians fundamentally misconceive their constituents’ views, making it harder for them to represent us in the lawmaking process.
Choose a point that is important to you personally and
Write Our Representatives. Letters and faxes are an extremely effective way of communicating with your elected officials. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write. Make a difference today.
Keep it brief: Letters should never be longer than one page and should be limited to one issue. Legislative aides read many letters on many issues in a day, so your letter should be as concise as possible.
State Who You Are and What You Want Up Front: In the first paragraph, tell your legislators that you are a constituent and identify the issue about which you are writing. If your letters pertain to a specific piece of legislation, it helps to identify it by its bill number (e.g. H.R. ____ or S. _____).
Hit your three most important points: Choose the three strongest points that will be most effective in persuading legislators to support your position and flesh them out.
Personalize your letter: Tell your elected official why this legislation matters in his community or state. If you have one, include a personal story that shows how this issue affects you and your family. A constituent's personal stories can be very persuasive as your legislator shapes his or her position.
Personalize your relationship: Have you ever voted for this elected official? Have you ever contributed time or money to his or her campaign? Are you familiar with her through any business or personal relationship? If so, tell your elected official or his staff person. The closer your legislator feels to you, the more powerful your argument is likely to be.
You are the Expert: Remember that your legislator's job is to represent you. You should be courteous and to the point, but don't be afraid to take a firm position. Remember that often your elected official may know no more about a given issue than you do.
You can get the contact information for your Members of Congress at Congress.org, go to Home - Delaware General Assembly, or see the information below. House Assembly Members - Delaware General Assembly
1123 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Carvel State Office Building
820 N. French Street, 12th Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801
Ph: (302) 577-3210
555 E. Loockerman St. Suite 330
Dover, DE 19901
Ph: (302) 736-5601
Fax: (302) 736-5609
Let your elected officials know your concerns and what you support.