Contact Your Elected Officials

Make Yourself Heard

Elected officials are your voice in government. But to best represent you, they need to know how you feel about the issues that matter to you. We make it easy to get in touch with your elected officials. 

Tips for Contacting a Legislator or Goverment Official:

  • Keep in mind that our elected representatives and government officials are there to serve us, the citizenry. Most of them are happy to receive feedback and requests from their constituents - it helps them do their job. If you try and an individual is unresponsive or not receptive to you, keep that in mind the next time you cast your vote.
  • In New Hampshire, most legislators list their email, a mailing address, and an office telephone number or a home phone number on the General Court website.  You can find out who your state Representative is by visiting our House of Representatives map.  You can find out who your state Senator is by visiting our Senate map.
  • Contact information for other government officials can be found on their respective websites, or through the New Hampshire Administrative Services database
  • Contact the policy maker according to the way you feel most comfortable; if you do not like to talk on a phone, then use email or mail them a letter.

Contacting a legislator or government official by phone

  • If a legislator has more than one phone listed, call the office phone first.
  • If you get an answering machine, leave a message and call back in a couple of days if you have not received an answer. The best time to call is either late morning or early afternoon, which is the most likely time the legislator will be in the office.
  • If the legislator lists a home phone number, feel free to call there also.
  • When talking to a legislator or government official it is important to always remain calm and speak from your heart.
  • Before you hang-up, say thank you and tell them your name and town.

Here is a possible script that you can use when calling an elected representative about a legislative matter:

Hello Senator or Representative, my name is ____ and I’m a resident of ____. I’m calling you because I think the legislature should pass/defeat (name the bill and why you think it should be either passed or defeated and tell them the reasons you feel this way). Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns.

Here is a possible script that you can use when calling an elected representative or government official about a personal matter:

Hello Mr./Mrs., my name is ____ and I’m a resident of ____. I’m calling you because I have a problem with (describe your situation to the official). Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns.

Contacting a legislator or government official by email:

  • When contacting a legislator or government official through email remember that they can receive hundreds of emails a week.
  • In the email, use a professional tone and keep it as short as possible.
  • Always identify yourself with your name and town.

Here is a possible script you can use when emailing an elected representative about a legislative matter:

Dear Senator or Representative,
 
I urge you to support/defeat (name the bill) because (list reasons why the legislator should support or vote against the bill).
 
Sincerely,

Your name
Your town
Your phone number

How to contact the governor:

  • You can find the governor's contact information on their website.
  • Please use the above scripts and guidelines if you decide to contact our governor.
  • When contacting a governor through email remember that they can receive hundreds of emails a week.
  • In the email, use a professional tone and keep it as short as possible.
  • Always identify yourself with your name and town.

 

 

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