Why legislators value your advocacy and how you can get involved

This is a guest post by Wisconsin State Representative Jason Fields and Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir.

We are often asked, “Does hearing from me really make a difference when you are voting on policy issues?” The answer is YES! We benefit from and rely on hearing from our constituents about issues that are important to them.

Rep. Jason Fields

Rep. Jason Fields

Even one phone call, one email or one letter can make a difference. This is especially true when we are talking about issues that impact kids.

If not you, then who will speak up for the children in your community?

While facts and data are important when talking about certain issues, it is also important for us to hear about your personal experiences and why you feel so strongly about an issue. Building a relationship with our constituents is a priority for us and we are better at our jobs if we know where our constituents stand on policy issues.

So…don’t be afraid to pick up the phone or drop an email to your legislator. Remember, we want and need to hear from you!

Sen. Leah Vukmir

Sen. Leah Vukmir

We encourage you to consider joining Children’s Advocacy Network (C.A.N.), a wonderful advocacy network operated by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin that helps improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

By joining C.A.N., you’ll learn about opportunities to contact your legislator, receive updates on child advocacy activities and be asked to participate in community events.

Visit chw.org/CAN to learn more, sign up and start advocating on behalf of children.

~ Representative Jason Fields, 11th Assembly District, and Senator Leah Vukmir, 5th Senate District.

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