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Tips for writing to members of Congress and others:
- Keep the letter brief: Letters should never be longer than one page
- Limit your letter to one issue, such as remedies to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling. Legislative aides read many letters on many issues in a day, so make yours should as concise as possible.
- Let them know who you are and what you want up front: In the first paragraph, tell your legislators who you represent (if writing on behalf of a local group) and identify the issue you are concerned about.
- Be straightforward: ask the recipient whether he or she will support specific legislation or regulation.
- Stick to the three most important points: Choose the three strongest points that will be most persuasive.
- To make your arguments most compelling, do a little research to find out what they care about.
- Personalize your letter: Tell the recipient why the issue is of concern for his or her community.
- Personalize your relationship: If you’ve voted for the person, supported their campaign with time or money, or have a personal or business relationship, then say so.
- Show that you’re the expert: It’s your job to educate them. It’s their job to represent you.
Benzie County Local Governments
Michigan State Government
Governor Rick Snyder (R)
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 373-3400
Phone, Constituent Services: (517) 335-7858
State Reperesentative, District 101
LANSING OFFICE LOCATION
S-1385 Anderson House Office Bldg.
124 N. Capitol Located on the corner of Ottawa and Capitol Avenue, across the street from the State Capitol in Lansing.
S-1385 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-0825
Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms, and take office on the first day of January following the election. Each Representative is limited to serving three terms.
Michigan State Senate District 35
Our state senators serve four-year terms concurrent with the governor’s term of office. Terms begin on January 1. Senators who have not served more than half of someone else’s senate term are eligible for two full terms, i.e. eight years. Although Michigan senators serve four-year terms, the elections are not staggered; instead of half of the seats up for election every two years, all 40 seats are up for election on a 2010, 2014, 2018 schedule.
Senator Darwin Booher
P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Phone: (517) 373-1725
E-mail Sen. Darwin Booher (R)
Homepage for Sen. Darwin Booher (R)
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U.S. Congressional District 2 (Michigan)
269 Russell Office Building, U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510-2202
Phone (202) 224-6221
Fax (202) 224-1388
TTY (202) 224-2816
8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Senator Levin’s Traverse City office, located in downtown Traverse City, serves an 18-county region of the state forming the tip of Northern Lower Michigan. The office assists residents of this area with federal issues and works closely with local communities to promote economic development.
107 Cass Street, Suite E
Traverse City, MI 49684-2602
Fax (231) 947-9518
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.