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Sample Letter to Elected Representatives

The following letter can easily be cut and pasted into a word processor or email program for editing.

The Honorable [name of representative or senator]
[House of Representatives] or [United States Senate]
[Room Number and Office Building of Rep or Senator]
Washington, D.C. 20515 (for House) or 20510 (for Senate)

Dear Senator/Representative [last name]:

The legislation addressing (describe issue concisely, or use exact name of bill before legislature) is of paramount interest to me because I care deeply about birds and other wildlife and the habitats that support them.
I am primarily concerned about (describe major specific concern within the larger issue) because (state reasons or examples briefly, with only as many relevant details as necessary to make your point clearly).
Thank you for your consideration of my viewpoint on this matter. I believe it is an important issue, and would like to see the legislation (pass, fail, or be amended) to ensure the welfare of birds and other wildlife and the continued conservation of their habitats.

Your Name,
Phone Number
Email Address

Things to Remember --
Here are some key things you should always consider in writing to your elected representatives.
1.    Be courteous and respectful without "gushing" or exaggerating.
2.    Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it's about a certain bill, identify it correctly. If you need help in finding the number of a bill, visit
3.    Say who you are. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number, and email address. If you don't include at least your name and address, you will not get a response.
4.    State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter.
5.    Keep your letter short -- one page is best.
6.    Use specific examples or evidence to support your position.
7.    State what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.
8.    Thank the member for taking the time to read your letter.


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And check out this resource about how kids can reach out to Congress. (Thanks to SandraG and the kids of the Brenham Community Center in Texas for providing this resource.)