Corresponding with Legislators

Sending a letter or an e-mail is a great way to communicate with a state legislator. Individually written messages, rather than mass generated form letters, make a greater impression. Type your name, address, and phone number at the top. The Indiana General Assembly is generally in session January through April. But you can send your legislators letters at any time during the year.

 

Addressing correspondence:

 

To a State Senator:

The Honorable (Full Name)
Indiana Senate
200 W. Washington St.
Indiana State Capitol
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2786

(317) 232-9600
(800) 382-9842

 

Dear Senator (Last Name)

 

To a State Representative:

The Honorable (Full Name)
Indiana House
200 W. Washington St.
Indiana State Capitol
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2785

(317) 232-9400
(800) 382-9467

 

Dear Representative (Last Name)

  • Be specific. Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, be sure to identify its full name and number, e.g. House Bill: HB_____, Senate Bill: SB_____. Try to send your letter while the issue is still alive.
  • State your position. Explain why you support or oppose this particular issue. Keep in mind that local examples concerning the impact of this legislation are very powerful. Be courteous and to the point, keeping your letter focused on one issue.
  • Ask for a response. Indicate to your legislator that you would appreciate a reply containing his/her position on the issue. "Sincerely yours" is a proper way to conclude your letter.
  • Follow up. If you agree with your legislator's vote, take the time to let him/her know that. Similarly, if you disagree with his or her vote, inform your legislator

 

Phoning Legislators

To find your state legislator's phone number or email, visit the website of the Indiana General Assembly: http://iga.in.gov/

Keep in mind that most telephone calls are taken by a staff member and not the actual legislator. If they are not available, you may also leave a message. If you speak with someone other than your legislator, take down their name.

Upon reaching your state legislator on the phone, it's easiest to follow these basic steps:

  • Identify yourself by name and your local association.
  • Explain why you are calling: "I am calling to support/oppose HB____/SB____."
  • Be polite and concise. Developing one or two brief "talking points" will focus the content of your message. Too much information may confuse your message.
  • Ask your legislator his/her position on this issue. Don't assume that your legislator has prior knowledge of your issue. Be calm, respectful, and be prepared to educate, using local examples to accentuate your point. If the legislator requires further information, provide it as soon as possible.
  • Thank your legislator or the person who took your message for their time and consideration