Take action:  Write your senator


Writing a letter to your Senator can have a huge impact. Letters from constituents like you can encourage Senators to support increased aid for global health challenges.

Writing a letter to your Senator can have a huge impact. Letters from constituents like you can encourage Senators to support increased aid for global health challenges.

How to write an effective email to your Senator

Most emails and letters are very concise. Here are some tips for a strong email or letter:

  1. Address your email or letter to the Legislative Assistant (LA) who covers foreign policy for your Senator. Paste your message into the contact form on your Senator's website, putting "attn (staffer's name)" at the top."

  2. Summarize your request in the subject line e.g. "Please increase funding for TB."

  3. Introduce yourself as a constituent and thank them for some legislative action if you can

  4. Tell them what you are asking them to do.  In this case, request:

  • That your Senator speak to Senator Graham, the chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds foreign aid

  • That they encourage the Graham to match the House-approved value of $302 million for tuberculosis aid in fiscal year 2019

5. Say very briefly why this is something that needs doing and why it matters to you, using one or two facts or statistics that struck you.  If you have a personal experience with the issue, share it!

6. Sign with your name and address.

This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge. Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY

This picture shows the same tuberculosis patient at the time of her diagnosis (left side) and at the time of discharge. Photo: St. Thomas Home CC BY