write-your-legislator

During the legislative session, HFI will send out Action Alerts requesting you contact your representative on proposed legislation. This will often involve a quick phone call or simple email. This shouldn't be the only time you are in contact with your legislator. Taking time to develop a relationship with your elected official off season will allow you the opportunity develop an open line of communication based on mutual respect.

How to Write Your Legislator

Elected officials care what their mail says. A logical, courteous letter carries weight; it can change a legislator's mind, particularly when the legislator is wavering on an issue. It is important that your message be written as effectively as possible.
Here are a few points:

  • Keep it brief.  Be as brief as possible, but don't sacrifice clarity and completeness. Two pages is a maximum but one page is best. While form letters tend to be easy to use it better to use your own words. HFI will always present you with key ideas and a sample letter to help you create a personalized letter.
  • Identify yourself.  Let your legislators know that you live and/or work in their district.
  • Keep it focused.  Limit the correspondence to one subject. Otherwise, you decrease the force of your argument and complicate your legislator's efforts to act.
  • Get to the point.  State your purpose at the outset and use the remainder of the letter to expand your views. Create a simple bullet pointed list within the first paragraph of the reasons you are for/against proposed legislation. Be constructive suggesting alternatives or better solutions, if possible. Use a simple bulleted pointed list to make it easy for the legislator to identify your points. A few strong, well thought out points will be more influential than a long laundry list of reasons.
  • Use facts.  Issues you write about may be emotion-laden, but beware of the nonfactual argument. It will make your legislator less willing to consider your point next time, too.
  • Relate it to home.  Emphasize the effect of the legislation in question on your legislator's own constituency districts. Give facts and illustrations - use your own knowledge and experience to inform the legislator. Legislators seldom change their decisions because of a philosophical argument but well-reasoned examples carry tremendous weight.
  • Provide background as needed.  Don't assume that a legislator is as well informed as you about a problem. A legislator can't keep abreast of everything. Explain the situation, what you think and why.
  • Make specific recommendations. 
  • Keep it positive.  Your attitude is important. A polite, positive-sounding letter is more likely to impress than one that is negative, rude, or threatening. Avoid being antagonistic. Point out the benefits of your position.
  • Close with a friendly appeal, regardless of the action you urge. Thank them for their help and consideration. "Sincerely," is an appropriate closing.
  • Allow for follow-up. Include contact information and offer to act as a resource should the legislator (or staff) have questions or need additional information. Include your full name, address, your district (find your district here - https://legislature.idaho.gov/who'smylegislator.htm), Where appropriate, indicate in the letter that you will follow up with a phone call.

    SENDING YOUR EMAILS:
  • Our email lists are alphabetical and broken down into alphabetical group to avoid spam filters. Copy and paste your personalized letter to all legislators sending them in batches using the BCC (blind carbon copy) for each list. By using the BCC option the person receiving the email can’t see who else it was sent to. ( in order to find this option first click on "To:" then choose "Bcc:") 
  • Make sure to address the legislator correctly: Follow etiquette.  Addressing correspondence to legislators requires particular etiquette. Every legislator is called "Honorable" on the envelope and inside address. In the salutation, address house members as "Dear Representative _________" while senators are called "Senator ________." Spell the name correctly. During a legislative session, send correspondence to their office, otherwise send to home or business.
  • Groups 1H - 6H (House members) should be addressed "Dear Representative".
  • Groups 1S to 3S (Senators) , make sure you switch the opening to "Dear Senator".

CUT AND PASTE EMAIL LIST

CONTACT LISTS

(please send 1 EMAIL to each group below. (we use small groups to avoid triggering their spam filter)
 Address these individuals as Representative
 
HOUSE
 GROUP 1H

randerst@house.idaho.gov
armstrong@house.idaho.gov
 vbar@house.idaho.gov
mblanksma@house.idaho.gov
jboyle@house.idaho.gov
vburtenshaw@house.idaho.gov
gchaney@house.idaho.gov
dcheatham@house.idaho.gov
lclow@house.idaho.gov
gcollins@house.idaho.gov
bcrane@house.idaho.gov
tdayley@house.idaho.gov
gdemordaunt@house.idaho.gov
sdixon@house.idaho.gov
jgannon@house.idaho.gov
tgestrin@house.idaho.gov
pgiddings@house.idaho.gov
khanks@house.idaho.gov

GROUP 2H

sharris@house.idaho.gov
shartgen@house.idaho.gov
jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov
pjordan@house.idaho.gov
 rkerby@house.idaho.gov
mkingsley@house.idaho.gov
lluker@house.idaho.gov
dmanwaring@house.idaho.gov
pmcdonald@house.idaho.gov
rmendive@house.idaho.gov
jmonks@house.idaho.gov
dmoon@house.idaho.gov
mmoyle@house.idaho.gov
nater@house.idaho.gov
jpalmer@house.idaho.gov
hscott@house.idaho.gov


 GROUP 3H

pshepherd@house.idaho.gov
tsevenson@house. idaho.gov
ssyme@house.idaho.gov
jthompson@house.idaho.gov
cntroy@house.idaho.gov
jtrujillo@house.idaho.gov
jvanorden@house.idaho.gov
czito@house.idaho.gov
bzollinger@house.idaho.gov
pamador@house.idaho.ogv
nanderson@house.idaho.gov
sbedke@house.idaho.gov
mbell@house.idaho.gov
schew@house.idaho.gov
merpelding@house.idaho.gov
mgibbs@house.idaho.gov
bhixon@house.idaho.gov
WendyHorman@house.idaho.gov
ckauffman@house.idaho.gov



GROUP 4H

pking@house.idaho.gov
hkloc@house.idaho.gov
tloertscher@house.idaho.gov
lmalek@house.idaho.gov
jmccrostie@house.idaho.gov
smiller@house.idaho.gov
kpacker@house.idaho.gov
cperry@house.idaho.gov
draybould@house.idaho.gov
eredman@house.idaho.gov
irubel@house.idaho.gov
esmith@house.idaho.gov
stoone@house.idaho.gov
jvanorden@house.idaho.gov
mwintrow@house.idaho.gov
fwood@house.idaho.gov
ryoungblood@house.idaho.gov

  

Senators
 Please address these lists below as SENATOR

 

GROUP 1S

cwinder@senate.idaho.gov
cbayer@senate.idaho.gov
ldenhartog@senate.idaho.gov
bbrackett@senate.idaho.gov
lheider@senate.idaho.gov
jpatrick@senate.idaho.gov
mstennett@senate.idaho.gov
kanthon@senate.idaho.gov
jguthrie@senate.idaho.gov
mnye@senate.idaho.gov
dmortimer@senate.idaho.gov
sbair@senate.idaho.gov
mharris@senate.idaho.gov


  

GROUP 2S

bmdavis@senate.idaho.gov

bhill@senate.idaho.gov

jsiddoway@senate.idaho.gov

palodge@senate.idaho.gov


tlakey@senate.idaho.gov

jagenbroad@senate.idaho.gov

mhagedorn@senate.idaho.gov

fmartin@senate.idaho.gov

gburgoyne@senate.idaho.gov

mjordan@senate.idaho.gov

jwardengelking@senate.idaho.gov

cbucknerwebb@senate.idaho.gov

  

GROUP 3S

 
skeough@senate.idaho.gov
sjvick@senate.idaho.gov
bnonini@senate.idaho.gov
msouza@senate.idaho.gov
dforeman@senate.idaho.gov
djohnson@senate.idaho.gov
ccrabtree@senate.idaho.gov
sthayn@senate.idaho.gov
alee@senate.idaho.gov
jrice@senate.idaho.gov
  



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