The Washington State Dairy Federation Staff is happy to help you contact your legislator. Visit theWashington State Legislative District Map to find your legislator. There are three ways you can do this:
Meet Face to Face:
Meeting a legislator in person is the most effective way to express your concerns with an issue. Here are a few items to think about before you contact the legislator’s office: Schedule an appointment; prepare to share your personal story; offer your expertise and knowledge on this issue or other related issues; leave your contact information; be polite; and follow your visit with a thank you note or email.
Send an Email or Letter:
Sending an email or letter ensures that your legislator has a written record of your concern about an issue. If you decide to send an email or letter to your legislator, keep these tips in mind: Identify yourself as a constituent; immediately identify the issue; keep your email/letter short and to the point; include reasons why the issue/legislation will impact you, your family and your farm; and be polite. If there is an issue or bill that requires immediate response, an email will reach a legislator faster than a letter. Although letters are more personal, they take more time to reach a legislator, especially a member of Congress because of increased security at the US Capitol.
Place a Phone Call:
Making a phone call is the simplest way to contact your legislator, especially when time is of the essence. A phone call will most likely be brief, so it is important to have your talking points ready. Identify yourself and the fact you are the legislator’s constituent. Limit your phone call to one issue. If you know the bill number, reference the bill number in the call. Remember to be brief and lay out the reasons for, or against, the issue. Also, let your legislator know the action you would like them to take on the issue and remember to be polite.