Make a Call to Your Legislator

Making Effective Phone Calls

Contacting your legislator by telephone is a practical way to communicate your message, especially when time is limited.

Here are a few suggestions to help ensure your call is heard:

Who should you ask for?

  • Ask for the senator or representative by name. Be sure to address them first by their title (Example: Senator Jane Smith, or Senator Smith). If they are unavailable, tell the person who answered the phone the issue you are calling about and ask to speak with the legislative assistant who handles that issue.
  • If you can’t reach a legislative assistant leave a concise message with the person that answered the phone. Legislative and congressional offices do count the number of calls they receive on an issue – pro and con – and relay the information to the senator or representative.

What should you say?

  • Identify yourself. Be sure to give your name, contact information, and hometown within their legislative district.
  • Identify the bill by title and number (e.g. Senate Bill 1983).
  • Clearly state the action you would like the senator or representative to take on an issue (voting position, offer an amendment, delete a provision, etc.).
  • Focus on a single issue, making one or three key points to support your position.
  • Keep the call no more than three to four minutes and be positive. Show appreciation for past votes.

Hundreds of calls are made to elected officials’ offices each day, so taking time to plan your call and sending a follow up email or letter is a way to make your call more effective.

OAHHS Advocacy

Sean Kolmer
Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy
503-479-6013
skolmer@oahhs.org

Andi Easton
Associate Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy
503-479-6007
aeaston@oahhs.org

Philip Schmidt
Associate Vice President for Public Affairs
503-479-6020
pschmidt@oahhs.org