Writing or emailing your own senator or representative is an important way to support reforms you care about. The following tips can help:

  • Please keep your letter brief, polite and focused on the issue you are writing about.
  • If you are writing to ask a legislator to help you with a loved one’s case, it is better to do so in a separate letter.
  • Always type your letter.
  • Always include your full name, address and phone number, even in emails.

Safe & Just Michigan will provide sample letters for members on specific issues, at the time they will be most helpful.

Addressing your letter to State Senators and Representatives:

The Honorable (Full name), State Senator, State Capitol, PO Box 30036, Lansing, MI 48909-7536

The Honorable (Full name), State Representative, State Capitol, PO Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514.

A sample outline for your letter or email:

Mention in your first paragraph:

Dear Senator/Representative (Last name):

  • You are writing in support of an issue.
  • You are a constituent/your business is in their district/you are a leader in an organization, etc.
  • The issue is very important to you/your family/the state, etc.

Mention in your second and third paragraphs:

  • Examples of how the issue has affected you, your loved ones or the state of Michigan, etc.

Mention in your last paragraph:

  • Urge them to support Safe & Just Michigan’s recommendations, the change you desire, etc.
  • Ask them to respond back, letting you know how they plan to vote/take action.
  • Thank them for their consideration of your request.


Your Name

Your full address

A phone number where you can be reached