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How to Contact Your Legislator

Tips On Calling Your Legislator

To find your legislator’s phone number, you may use our link to the House Membership or Senate Membership. You can also call the Legislator Information & Message Center at (406)444-4800.

After identifying yourself, leave a brief message, such as: “Please tell Senator/Representative (Name) that I support/oppose (S.___/H.R.___).”

Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.

Ask for your Senator’s or Representative’s position on the bill.

Tips On Writing Your Legislator

The letter is the most popular choice of communication with most legislators. If you decide to write a letter, this list of helpful suggestions will improve the effectiveness of the letter:

  1. Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, identify it accordingly, e.g., House bill: H. R. ____, Senate bill: S.____.
  2. Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.
  3. Address only one issue in each letter; and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.

Tips On E-mailing Your Legislator

Generally, the same guidelines apply as with writing letters to Congress.