Having Conversations with Legislators

Fact Sheet
Updated: 3 months ago
Public Policy

How do I find and contact my legislators?

To find your legislators, input your address or zip code into the Utah State Legislative District Maps. Click on your Representative and Senator’s name to be redirected to a webpage that contains their phone number and email address. This is the contact information you will want to use!

Outside of the legislative session, feel free to call, text, or email your legislators to communicate with them.

During the 45-day legislative session, each legislator will have an intern that manages most of their correspondence. Sometimes communication with an intern may be the quickest way to your legislator.  Additionally, doors to the Senate and House chambers in the Capitol often list interns’ contact information.

 

I found my legislators and their contact information, what now?

It never hurts to introduce yourself to your legislators—actually, it’s a great way to build a relationship with them. Send them a quick email or text introducing yourself!

Here are some ideas on what to include:

  • Information about yourself
  • Mention your policy interests
  • Ask any questions you might have about their upcoming bills, their focuses during the session,
  • *Most importantly, if you are, include that you are a voter in their district.*

 

I’m ready to meet with my legislator, what should I be sure to mention?

As you build relationships with your legislators, it gets easier to convince them to vote certain ways. So, you need to give them a convincing pitch!

  • Legislators don’t have a ton of time, so you’ll want to be concise and to the point.
  • A good pitch answers the following:
    • What do you want?
    • Why do you want it?
    • Why is it important?
  • If you’re stuck, revisit your advocacy purpose! It’s a great way to ground your pitches.

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