Contacting Legislators

Tips for Contacting Your Legislator

Rep. Leach, Jeff
District 67

Rep. Noble, Candy
District 89

Rep. Plesa, Mihaela
District 70 

Sen. Angela Paxton
District 8

Capitol Address:

Room GN.11
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0544
(512) 463-9974 Fax

District Address:

550 S. Watters Road
Suite 280
Allen, TX 75013
(972) 908-3358 

Capitol Address:

Room E1.414
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0186

District Address:

206 North Murphy Road
Murphy, TX 75094
(972) 423-6542 

Capitol Address:

Room E2.316
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0356


Capitol Address:

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
(512) 463-0108

District Address:

604 S. Watters Road, Suite 100
Allen, TX 75013
(972) 908-3424

Citizen input is an important part of the legislative process. Many citizens, however, are not familiar with the best ways to contact their elected officials.  There are no rules for contacting legislators but the following tips may help.
Some Basic Tips

Find out who your legislators are. You are welcome to contact any legislators but you should find the office of your elected officials more responsive. Go to the legislator listing.

Learn a little about your legislator before you contact them.  It is helpful to know what their occupation is, what committees they serve on, and how long they have served. All of this information is available on the legislator's official website. Ask to be included on your legislator’s mailing or email list. They regularly communicate with their constituents and provide schedules of when they will be appearing locally.

Writing Letters

Address your legislator as either "Senator" or "Representative." Write on your personal or business letterhead if possible and identify yourself.
Try to keep your letters to one page, and put your message in your own words. Be short and to the point. Chain letters or chain emails become more burdensome to the legislative staff and thereby become less effective. Ask the legislator to reply.

Like everyone else, legislators do not like a threatening tone. They represent many different constituents and interests.  Make your point with the understanding that others may disagree.

Be sure that your legislator receives the letter before action is taken on the issue. Check the legislation"s status at Texas Legislature Online so you know what stage of the process it is in. A State Senator, for example, would be the wrong person to write regarding a House Bill.

Making Phone Calls

Call your legislator at his/her office in Austin. If you can’t get through to a legislator directly, ask to speak to the staffer who is handling the issue. Otherwise, convey your message to the person who answered the phone.

Address your legislator as either "Senator" or "Representative." Be sure to identify yourself and indicate that you are a constituent.

Keep your call brief -- let the other person know in short and concise terms why you are for or against something -- most calls to legislators only last a few minutes.

Thank the legislator for his or her attention to the matter, and let him or her know that you are looking forward to seeing how the legislator votes on the issue.

Making Personal Visits
To meet with your Representative or Senator, call and make an appointment. It is usually best to visit with the member in your home area because when he or she is in Austin there are myriad demands on their time. However, elected officials often appreciate it when their constituents travel out of town to visit with them.

For personal appointments, follow the same rules of brevity that you would in letters by staying on point. It is helpful if you bring written information outlining your point.

Get to know the legislator’s clerk. She or he is close to the legislator and usually maintains the office calendar for appointments. Therefore, being polite and helpful to the legislator’s staff will serve you well.

When testifying in person, bring a written copy of your statement, along with supporting materials (newspaper and/or editorial articles, studies, reports, etc.). Bring enough copies for each member of the committee and extras for legislative staff.

Last Modified on June 25, 2023