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Contacting Your Legislator

Your elected officials need to hear from you. Let them know what is happening in your schools and how the decisions they make affect your profession, your students and your communities. Once you enter your Zip Code you will see your specific elected officials. In addition, you will be able to send them emails, visit their websites, and keep them informed about what is happening in our public schools.

How to Lobby

The success of GAE's lobbying efforts will depend upon GAE members' ability to communicate the needs of the education community to legislators. The job of the members of GAE is to convince the legislators that the need exists and then secure his or her cooperation and assistance in getting the necessary changes in law and the needed money for funding.

  • To do this, GAE members should:
    Know the facts about the GAE priorities;
  • Be positive;
  • Relate your request to your local situation;
  • Use the bill number and title when applicable;
  • Study the bill and know GAE's position;
  • As a local leader, be sure to mention the number of people you represent when you contact your legislator;
  • Communicate with legislators before votes;
  • Don't threaten or beg. Remember, you represent the most important profession today, and your concern is for Georgia's youth;
  • Lobby for GAE priorities -- not personal interests;
  • Write your legislator a follow-up note thanking him or her for their time and vote (if the legislator voted for GAE's position);
  • Be courteous, correct, concise, and have constituency-based concerns.

By Mail:

The Honorable Nathan Deal
Governor, State of Georgia
206 Washington Street
Suite 203, State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334

Dear Governor Deal:

The Honorable Casey Cagle
Lt. Governor, State of Georgia
240 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
casey.cagle@ltgov.ga.gov

Dear. Lt. Governor Cagle:

The Honorable David Ralston
Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives
332 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
david.ralston@house.ga.gov

Dear Speaker Ralston:

The Honorable Tommie Williams
President Pro Tempore
Georgia State Senate
321 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
tommie.williams@senate.ga.gov

Dear Senator Williams:

By Telephone:

Senate Message Center
1.800.282.5803
404.656.0023

House of Representatives
Message Center
1.800.282.5800
404.656.5082