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Get Involved; Tips on Contacting Your Representative

Ask and ya shall receive! Although BikeTexas stands for thousands of Texas cyclists, from time to time it's critical to let elected representatives and other officials know your views about a particular issue.  Elected leaders pay close attention to constituent outreach.  If what you're writing about is time sensitive, choose email or a phone call, as heightened security can lead to very long mail delays. (Identify your elected officials here.) The following pointers should make your requests more effective:

Proper Address

To a U.S. Senator:
The Honorable (Senator's Full Name) 
United States Senate 
Washington, D.C. 20510

To a U.S. Representative:
The Honorable (Represenative's Full Name)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

To a State Senator:
The Honorable (Senator's Full Name)
Texas Senate
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711

To a State Representative:
The Honorable (Representative's Full Name)
Texas House of Representatives
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910

Proper Salutation
The suggested greeting to use is "Dear Congressman/woman " ("Dear Representative" for state legislators) or "Dear Senator". If you are writing to a chairperson of a particular committee, address him/her as "Chairman" or "Madam Chair".

Identify Yourself
To start, identify who you are, your occupation, and your affiliation with any relevant organizations, such as being a member of BikeTexas.

Identify the Issue
In the first paragraph, identify your issue. BikeTexas can provide you with information on specific bills and issues that affect Texas cyclists. Be sure to identify the bill by name and number if you are writing in reference to a specific bill.

Remain Professional
A polite, friendly critique will always be more effective than a rude and insulting attack. The goal is to establish a relationship with your legislators and then work towards achieving a specific goal by presenting potential solutions.

Support Your Case
Concisely state reasons in support of your position. Cite facts and include any applicable personal anecdotes.  Ideally, your letter should be one page type-written, two at the most.  Therefore, you need to be concise and direct.

Specify Request
Make a specific request (e.g., "Please support H.R. 123." or "Will you commit to not using chip-seal on FM 1234?").

Keep BikeTexas in the Loop

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