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Elected Officials and Other Decision-Makers

Contacting Decision-Makers

Got a burr in your waders over an environmental or fisheries issue? Our elected officials are always interested in hearing from their constituents. Phone calls, email campaigns, and form letters are good, but personal letters that you sign and send through the mail (or email) tend to be better. Here are more tips:

  • Always be courteous and respectful, but avoid being 'gushy' or overly flattering.
  • Clearly and simply state the purpose of your letter. If it's about a certain bill, identify it correctly. It's best to focus on one topic or issue per letter.
  • Identify yourself. Anonymous letters go nowhere. Even in email, include your correct name, address, phone number and email address. If you don't include at least your name and address, you will not get a response.
  • State any professional credentials or personal experience you may have, especially those pertaining to the subject of your letter.
  • Keep your letter short — one page letters are best.
  • Provide specific rather than general information about how the topic affects you and others.
  • Be sure to address your letter correctly. [See listings below]
  • Use specific examples or evidence to support your position.
  • Clearly state what it is you want done or recommend a course of action.
  • Thank the official for taking the time to read your letter.
  • NEVER use vulgarity, profanity or threats. Simply stated, don't let your passion get in the way of making your point.
  • NEVER demand a response.
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    More recommendations for letters to Congress can be found here.

    President

    US Senators

    Barak Obama
    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
    Washington, DC 20500
    Email via This Form

     

    Barbara Boxer
    112 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-3553
    Fax: (202) 224-0454
    For other offices, see This Web Page
    Click Here for Website
    Email via This Form

    Dianne Feinstein
    331 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-3041
    Fax: (202) 228-3954
    For other offices, see This Web Page
    Click Here for Website
    Email via This Form

    US Representatives

    Jerry McNerney, 11th District
    Washington, D.C. Office
    312 Cannon House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-1947
    Fax: (202) 225-4060
    Click Here for Website
    Pleasanton Office
    5776 Stoneridge Mall Road #175
    Pleasanton, CA 94588
    Phone: (925) 737-0727
       or (408) 744-0727
    Fax: (925) 737-0734

    George Miller, 7th District
    Washington DC Office
    2205 Rayburn House Office Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-2095
    Fax: (202) 225-5609
    Click Here for Website
    Concord Office
    1333 Willow Pass Road, Suite 203
    Concord, CA 94520
    Phone: (925) 602-1880
    Fax: (925) 674-0983

    John Garamendi, 10th District
    Washington DC Office
    2459 Rayburn HOB
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-1880
    Fax: (202) 225-5914
    Click Here for Website
    Walnut Creek Office
    1981 N. Broadway, Suite 220
    Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    Phone: (925) 932-8899
    Fax: (925) 932-8159

    State Officials

    Assembly Representative District 11
    Tom Torlakson

    815 Estudillo St.
    Martinez, CA 94553
    Phone: (925) 372-7990
    Fax: (925) 372.0934
    Click Here for Website
    Sacramento Office
    State Capitol Room 5160
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2011
    Fax: (916) 319-2111

    Assembly Representative District 15
    Joan Buchanan

    2964 Bishop Ranch Drive, Suite 275
    San Ramon, CA 94583
    Phone: (925) 328-1515
    Fax: (925) 328-1514
    Click Here for Website
    Sacramento Office
    State Capitol Room 4167
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2015
    Fax: (916) 319-2115

    Assembly Representative District 14
    Nancy Skinner

    1515 Clay Street
    Oakland, CA 94612
    Phone: (510) 286-1400
    Fax: (510) 286-1406
    Click Here for Website
    Sacramento Office
    State Capitol Room 4126
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 319-2014
    Fax: (916) 319-2114

    State Senator District 7
    Mark DeSaulnier

    1350 Treat Blvd., Suite 240
    Walnut Creek, CA 94527
    Phone: (925) 942-6082
    Fax: (925) 942-6087
    Click Here for Website
    Sacramento Office
    State Capitol, Room 2054
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4007
    Fax: (916) 445-2527

    Committee on Natural Resources & Water
    Senator Fran Pavley, Chairperson

    State Capitol Room 4035
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4116
    Click Here for Website
    Senate.Natural.Resources@senate.ca.gov

    Governor Jerry Brown
    Governor's Office
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 445-2841
    Fax: (916) 558-3160
    Click Here for Website
    Email via This Form

    California Department of Fish & Game
    Charlton H. Bonham, Director

    1416 Ninth Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 653-7667
    Fax: (916) 653-7387
    Click Here for Director's Web Page
    Click Here for Agency Website
    director@dfg.ca.gov