Serving the Church in Texas

Contact your legislator

Each legislative session, thousands of Texas Catholics join the Bishops at the State Capitol to visit members of the Texas Legislature. However, like voting, this is only part of the role we play as faithful citizens. We should have continued contact with our lawmakers in order to thank them when they do well, and express concern when they fail to uphold the life and dignity of the human person.

You can do this by writing, calling, and emailing your State Senator or Representative about the topics discussed on the TCCB public policy pages.

Get started: who is your lawmaker?

There are a couple ways you can find your legislator. The state hosts a website called Who Represents Me? where you can enter your address and find your legislators. You can also use the Google map below, which can show where parishes, schools, and legislative districts are.

Click the logo at the top left of the map to open the slider, then check the box next to the information you'd like to see.

Write

An original letter is a good way to contact your legislator. Here are a few tips to help maximize your impact. You can print these tips using this PDF.

  • Be brief. Keep your letter to the front of one page.
  • Add their address. Use the following at the top of the page:
    • The Honorable Full Name
      Texas Senate or House of Representatives
      Austin, Texas 78701
    • Dear Senator or Representative,
  • Introduce yourself. Begin by introducing yourself. For example:
    • "I am a junior at Strake Jesuit in Houston,"
    • "I am a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine," or
    • "I am a Catholic nurse at Seton Hospital."
  • Be direct. Briefly state why you're writing, then write one paragraph on the issue and explain your position. For example, you might begin:
    • “I’m writing to thank you for your support on pro-life bills," or
    • "I'm writing to ask you to support immigration reform."
  • Be specific. One well-presented argument is often more effective than a laundry list of reasons, but if you have several reasons for your position, an effective way to present them is with bullet points.
  • Bring it home. Explain why this topic is important to you and other people in your community.
  • Request follow-up. Include your mailing or email address and request a reply. Offer to answer any questions the legislator or staff may have.
  • Sign your letter. We suggest that your letter be typed and printed, and then signed in blue or green, which are good eye-catching colors.

 

Call

You can find your legislator's phone number using the Google map, above. Click the logo at the top left of the map to open the slider, and then check the box next to House of Representatives or Senators to see the state districts. Click on a district to see the lawmaker's name and contact information.

Below is a suggested introduction you can use when calling your legislator. You can follow it with an explanation of why you and other members of your community care about this topic. Remember to keep your focus on your main point, which should come from the public policy pages.

  • Hello, my name is __________ and I am a constituent of [Senator or Representative] __________. I'm calling to bring your attention to [the topic you're calling about.]

If you don't know the answer to a question that a staff member asks you, please reach out to the TCCB for help! You can call us at 512-339-9882 or email rachana@txcatholic.org.

 

Email

You can find your legislator's email address using the Google map, above. Click the logo at the top left of the map to open the slider, and then check the box next to House of Representatives or Senators to see the state districts. Click on a district to see the lawmaker's name and contact information.

Here are a few tips to help maximize the impact of your email:

  • Be brief. Keep your email to less than 300 words.
  • Direct your email. Begin with: Dear [Representative / Senator] [Full name] For example:
    • "Dear Representative Ryan Guillen," or
    • "Dear Senator Dawn Buckingham."
  • Introduce yourself. Begin by introducing yourself. For example:
    • "I am a junior at Strake Jesuit in Houston,"
    • "I am a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Grapevine," or
    • "I am a Catholic nurse at Seton Hospital."
  • Be direct. Briefly state why you're writing, then write one paragraph on the issue and explain your position. For example, you might begin:
    • “I’m writing to thank you for your support on pro-life bills," or
    • "I'm writing to ask you to support immigration reform."
  • Be specific. One well-presented argument is often more effective than a laundry list of reasons, but if you have several reasons for your position, an effective way to present them is with bullet points.
  • Bring it home. Explain why this topic is important to you and other people in your community.
  • Request follow-up. Include your mailing address or phone number and request a reply. Offer to answer any questions the legislator or staff may have.

If you don't know the answer to a question that a staff member asks you, please reach out to the TCCB for help! You can call us at 512-339-9882 or email rachana@txcatholic.org.