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Finding Your Representative

by Rick Russell


In AAERT's January, 2016 newsletter, the article Monitoring Legislation shared information on how to find and track legislation that impacts our industry. If you find a pending bill in your state or on the national level what’s your next step? First of all, let us know (rick.russell@aaert.org) so we can mobilize the association members and resources.

Next you’re going to want to contact your elected officials to request that they support you and your industry by voting for or against the pending bill. The first step in this process is to identify who represents you on the state and federal level:

State Level
Here are a couple of resources to help you identify your state and local representatives:

Open States (http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/)

Common Cause (http://act.commoncause.org/site/PageServer?pagename=sunlight_advocacy_list_page)

Simply enter your complete address and your local, state, and in some cases, federal representatives will be listed along with links to their home pages which you can use to contact them.

Federal Level
To find your U.S. representative and senators you can use the Congress.gov site (www.Congress.gov).

To find your representative you will need to know in what congressional district you live. Go to the “Find Your Representative” page (http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/) and enter your zip code. If your zip code contains more than one congressional district you can use the map to determine your district or enter your Zip+4 or full address. Your representative will be listed with a link to their official website.

To locate your senator using Congress.gov, look at the top right section of the page entitled “Contact Your Member” and click the “Senators” button. Use the drop down button to select your state and your two senators will be listed with links to their homepage.

Give this a try and find out who is representing you at the state and national level. It’s important to know who is representing you and your interests in the process of making law and determining funding. If you have any personal connections with state or federal officials please let us know.

The next step is to contact your representatives with a well-crafted message in support or opposition to the issues that are important to you. I will cover that in the next article.

 

Rick Russell serves on the AAERT Board of Directors and is Chair of the Government Relations Committee.
rick.russell@aaert.org


 

 

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