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The Weight of Your Pen

When was the last time you sent or received a hand-written thank you? As we rely more and more on technology for communication, the act of writing out a thank you note is becoming a lost art. Don’t let it die!

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The two most common times lawmakers hear from their constituents are when they need something or when they’re upset about something. If all you heard at your job was complaint after complaint, I’m sure you’d wonder if it was worth the time and effort you put into doing your job. Wouldn’t you like your good deeds to be noticed and acknowledged? So would they - especially at the state and local levels.

Sure, you can send a thank you via email, but that can be dismissed and deleted as quickly as you sent it. A hand-written thank you, however, lets your lawmakers know that you truly appreciate their time, consideration, or vote enough that you’ve taken time out of your day to sit down and thank them personally. This small act can help to keep your name or issue on their radar, especially during a busy session.

Now the real question: What do you say? Whether you haven't sent a thank you note to a lawmaker in a long time or you have never sent one before, there are three key elements to hit for a successful message:

  1. Thank them for their time, consideration, or vote. If you met with them, remind them when. 
  2. List the key points you discussed. Include any follow up you offered to provide.
  3. Close with a final thank you.

That’s it. Short and sweet.

A quick, clear message of thanks will let your lawmakers know that you appreciate what they’re doing, you’re grateful for their time, and you’re paying attention to what is going on within your state or community.

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