Communicating with Elected Officials

Effective Communication and relationship building are the keys to successful advocacy. Cultivating a relationship with your elected officials during their off-session months builds a good foundation for your efforts when they are in session and increases your ability to achieve results.


When communicating with your legislators, keep two things in mind: any communication is better than nothing at all and putting a personal face on an issue is advantageous. The schedule during the legislative session is incredibly hectic and ever-changing so be prepared and be flexible.

If you would like to set up a personal meeting, be understanding of their changing schedules and respectful of your legislator's time. Don't forget to ask a specific question: "Will you vote for House Bill 1000?" instead of "Will you support legislation to help kidney research?"

Materials Available to Help You

The PKD Foundation created a number of documents to help you schedule and conduct visits. Those materials include:

Social Media

Social media (like Facebook or Twitter) makes it simple to connect your friends to your issue and is the fastest way to disseminate information among them. Follow your legislators on Twitter to see what they care about and to find out what’s happening at the Statehouse.

Use the Twitter Widget for a quick and simple template to tweet your representatives.


Visit THOMAS, a searchable database on Federal legislation, to learn more about how your members of Congress stand on specific bills and policies.

Letting Us Know

We encourage you to let us know when any meetings are scheduled, with whom, and how they went. Please send your feedback and follow up to

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