An important part of legislative advocacy is doing research to learn about your representatives and how to communicate with them. But first you need to do some research and find out who they are, how you can contact them, and what their position is on matters that are important to the HAE community.
If you’re not familiar with the legislative branches of our government and the difference between the House and Senate, visit this website to learn more before you start: https://www.usa.gov/branches-of-government
This lesson will guide you through the process of finding all pertinent information about your representatives:
Find the Senators for your State:
Each state has two elected Senators, you can find out who they are and learn about issues that are important to them by visiting this website and searching by state: https://www.senate.gov/senators/index.htm
Find your Congressional District Representative (House Member):
Each district has one elected representative. You can find your representative by visiting this website and searching for your zip code: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Your representative should appear and under their photo you can click on their name. This link will take you to their personal website where you can begin your research.
Now that you have located your House and Senate members and their websites, begin to search their website for the following information: