Find Your State Legislator
Contact your State Legislators in the House or Senate
Senate Switchboard – 515-281-3371
House Switchboard – 515-281-3221
Format for legislator email address is “First.Last@legis.iowa.gov”
Elected Officials like to hear from constituents, particularly when the conversation is friendly, informative, quick and to the point. They do not like to hear from constituents when the caller is angry or, heaven forbid, wanting to provide an “in-your-face vent”, about frustrations with government.
If you hate Obamacare and think most Democrats are jerks, yet your Representative is Democrat, you may want to find ways to frame your message and practice delivering your opinion with less emotion.
If you abhor personal firearms and think most Republicans are jerks, yet your Representative is Republican, find a way to be cordial while still getting your point across.
A helpful tool is to use talking points that could help to find common ground. These help you to stay on topic while providing a little education for why you, along with the Association believe this bill, or these bills, will be positive for the State of Iowa. You may want to mention, that for more information, our State Level Lobbyist is Joe Kelly. He is often readily available to answer their questions.
Also, you might offer to become a trusted resource about rental property or real estate investing. Ask if they own rental property, because many do!
Ideally, the best type of contact is in person, outside of session but the next best is attending a coffee or town hall meeting during session. Usually, these events have very low attendance and the legislators really do want to hear your perspective.
If you can’t see them in person, next is by phone. Switchboard calls tend to go to V/M yet if you do get through, try to keep it short and to the point, and grateful for the opportunity to speak with them.
Finally, even if you do see them, or talk to them, contact through email is great. We love it when you use email — because it takes the least amount of your time, and theirs.
If you include talking points and including the BILL NUMBER in the subject line, they can search and that can be very helpful.
Good luck and thank you so much for your effort!
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