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Governor Greg Abbott
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

  • Information and Referral Hotline [for Texas callers] :
    (800) 843-5789

  • Information and Referral and Opinion Hotline [for Austin, Texas and out-of-state callers]: (512) 463-1782

  • Office of the Governor Main Switchboard [office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST]: (512) 463-2000

  • Citizen's Assistance Telecommunications Device
    If you are using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD),
    call 711 to reach Relay Texas

    Fax: (512) 463-1849
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Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-2934
Email U.S. Senator Cornyn
5001 Spring Valley Road, Suite 1125E
Dallas, Texas 75244
(971) 239-1310
(972) 239-2110 FAX

Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz

Dirksen Senate Office Bldg, Suite 185
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-5922
Email U.S. Senator Cruz

Lee Park Tower II
3626 N. Hall St., Suite 410
Dallas, Texas 75219
(214) 599-8749

Texas U.S. Representative
Sam Johnson, Congressional District 3

2304 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4201
Email U.S. Representative Johnson

1255 W. 15th Street, Suite 170
Plano, Texas 75075
(469) 304-0382
(469) 304-0392 FAX

Texas State Senator Van Taylor
District 8

6301 Preston Road, Suite 700
Plano, Texas 75024
(972) 398-9416
(972) 398-9418 FAX

EXT EI.708
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0108
Email Senator Taylor

Texas State Representative Jodie Laubenberg
District 89

206 North Murphy Road
Murphy, Texas 75094
(972) 424-6810

CAP 1N.7
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768
(512) 463-0186
(512) 463-5896 FAX
Email Representative Laubenberg

Texas State Representative Jeff Leach
District 67

777 E. 15th Street, Suite 202
Plano, Texas 75074
(972) 424-1419
(972) 424-1719 FAX

EXT E1.314
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768
(512) 463-0544
(512) 463-9974 FAX
Email Representative Leach

Texas State Representative Matt Shaheen
District 66

EXT E1.322
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768
(512) 463-0594
(512) 463-1021 FAX
Email Representative Shaheen

Texas State Senator Larry Taylor
Senate Committee on Education Chair
District 11

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0111
(512) 463-8810 FAX

6117 Broadway, Suite 122
Pearland, Texas 77581
(281) 485-9800
(281) 485-9804
Email Senator Larry Taylor

Texas State Representative Jimmie Don Aycock
House Public Education Committee Chair
District 54

P.O. Box 2910 
Austin, Texas 78768 
(512) 463-0684 
(512) 463-8987 FAX

2916 Illinois Ave
Killeen, Texas 76543
Email Representative Aycock

Tips for Interacting with Elected Officials

Do your homework. Be Informed about all pertinent issues you may wish to discuss with your legislator or other elected officials and about the issues that concern you. Closely follow the action in the legislature as things change on a daily basis. Read the newspapers and appropriate Websites.

Set priorities.  Focus on the BIG thing and don't dilute your message with a long list of requests.

Prepare for your meeting. Develop a concise document that you can leave with your legislator for future reference.

Be reasonable. Do not overstate your case or you risk losing your credibility. Do not deliver ultimatums or threats. 

Humanize the issue. How is this affecting your child? How is this affecting you personally? 

Meet your legislator in his/her home district, if possible. If you are planning to visit an official,

a. Make an appointment. Don't drop in--elected officials are busy people.
b. Always introduce yourself.  Officials meet many people. There is a possibility that you may not be remembered even after multiple visits.
c. Be brief and direct. Don't bring a laundry list of requests. Focus. 

Follow up with a "thank you for your time and support" letter and re-emphasize your request in writing. 

If you have an established relationship, a telephone call may work, but follow up with a written description of your request. 

Never substitute a letter for personal contact.  A letter should not be used in lieu of a personal meeting or a telephone call. A letter should only be used for thanks and to provide written information.

Listen to what an official tells you--write it down. If they make a request, be sure to provide what they ask for, follow up when they ask, and don't hesitate to go back to them on the same or other issues.

a. If promise of support is positive, make sure you thank them.
b. If response is negative, ask if there is any information they need to make a different decision; if their action is negative, thank them for their time and for considering your request.

Always, always show respect for and empower an official's staff. Staff members can be critical to achieving your goals. They can easily influence their employer's attitude toward you and your issue. Always thank them in some special way for their help. 

Register to vote.  A key component of making our voices heard is to exercise our right to vote. Groups and organizations may pick up bulk quantities of voter registration applications at the Collin County Elections Office at 2010 Redbud Blvd., Suite 102, in McKinney, or you may obtain the voter registration application on the Collin County website.