Policy-Maker Letter

In this assignment, you will:

1. Identify a current political issue that affects you and your community.

2. Educate yourself about the issue by reading at least three articles from reputable news sources about the issue.

3. Determine which policy-maker is in the best position to represent your interests with respect to that issue. That could be your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, your representative in a state legislature, or some member of the executive branch. The key is that you identify a person who has some policy-making authority with respect to the issue you have chosen and a person who might listen to your position (for example, choosing your own representative to the U.S. House rather than some other representative).

4. Draft a letter to your legislative or executive-branch policymaker in which you

a. identify yourself as one of the politician’s constituents;

b. identify the political issue about which you are concerned;

c. clearly state a position on that issue (what should the policymaker do or not do); and

d. provide an explanation for your position that will persuade the policymaker to agree with you.

5. After you draft your letter and feel comfortable with both the content and format of your letter, submit the letter as the body of an e-mail addressed to your policymaker.

You will turn in

1. a .doc, .docx, or .pdf version of your letter; and

2. a .doc, .docx, or .pdf document listing the three articles you read; and

Letter Format:

  • Single or double spaced
  • 12 pt. font
  • Any legible font is fine, just make sure your letter looks professional
  • Should be between 1/2 to 1 page in length (single-spaced)