Tips for Engaging Your Indiana Legislators

Posted on January 29, 2019

Following these simple tips will assist in a successful dialogue between your legislators and you.

KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS

  • Visit iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/ to find legislators in your area.
  • Legislator email addresses will be listed.

DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ENGAGE

  • Hearing from you will encourage legislators to make well-informed decisions.
  • If legislators do not hear from you, they cannot fully consider all of the positive or negative effects, posing an unintended impact on the field.

BE CONCISE

Initial communication should be brief and include the following:

  • Your name, name of the school you represent and mention if you are a constituent;
  • The topic or issue you want to discuss;
  • Clearly explain your opposition or support through bullet-pointed items;
  • Include personal experiences or data;
  • Offer alternative solutions, if necessary;
  • and Thank them for their time and list your address, email, and phone number in the signature line.

FOLLOW-UP IF NECESSARY

Follow-up with an email or phone call if no response is received within two weeks.

COMMONALITY

  • Scheduling a one-on-one meeting should be done with respect to the legislator’s time.
  • Inform the legislator in advance if you plan to bring additional attendees.

BE CONFIDENT

  • Engaging with your legislators should not be an intimidating task.
  • Conversations will quickly bloom when your confidence is at its peak.
  • Remain calm and professional throughout all communications.

RESPECT OPINIONS

  • Communication may result in a continued disagreement on a particular issue. Mutual respect should be given.
  • Kindly thank your legislator for his/her time and ask that he/she nonetheless consider your opinion before a final vote is cast.

SHARE YOUR SCHOOL

  • Invite your legislators to your school throughout the year.
  • Show your legislators the great work your students and school are accomplishing.
  • It is important for legislators to see first-hand the inner workings and complexities of daily school life.

For more information, please visit: doe.in.gov/legaffairs