Calling House and Senate Chairs – Script

For engaging with the House Committee on Restricting Chair and Senate State Affairs Chair, we've provided a sample script.

  • Prerequisite:  You will need to know your representative and/or senator.  If you are uncertain, enter your address at the following link to identify your representative and/or senator – click here.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  • House Redistricting Chair:  Representative Cindy Burkett (TX-113) (512) 463-0464 or email

Here's a sample script with Representative Burkett's office:

Hi, I'm [NAME] and I'm a constituent of [REPRESENTATIVE] from [ZIPCODE]. I'm calling because of current events.  On March 10, 2017, a federal appellate court ruled that some of our state's 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act.   Is Representative Burkett going to call hearings for the House Committee on Redistricting to discuss redistricting bills (these are HJR 32, HJR 118, HJR 74, and HB 369)?
 [wait for answer; if they say it's still being decided when to have hearings - continue on with (A); if they say there's a scheduled date - go to (B)]
(A) This is the time to fix this problem once and for all AND let Texas keep control of the redistricting process.  I've called my representative and senator to ask for their support of of these bills to put control of redistricting into the hands of a bi-partisan commission.   [don't forget to thank the staffer for their time]
(B) That's fantastic that there's a scheduled date!  Please thank Representative Burkett on my behalf.  [don't forget to thank the staffer for their time]
  • Last thing to do:  send her an email to remind her of your call!
SENATE
  • Senate State Affairs Chair:  Senator Joan Huffman  (TX-17) (512) 463-0117 or email

Here's a sample script with Senator Huffman's office:

Hi, I'm [NAME] and I'm a constituent of [SENATOR] from [ZIPCODE]. I'm calling because of current events.  On March 10, 2017, a federal appellate court ruled that some of our state's 36 congressional districts violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act.   Is Senator Huffman going to call hearings for the State Affairs to discuss redistricting bills (these are HJR 32, HJR 118, HJR 74, and SB 209)?
 [wait for answer; if they say it's still being decided when to have hearings - continue on with (A); if they say there's a scheduled date - go to (B)]
(A) This is the time to fix this problem once and for all AND let Texas keep control of the redistricting process.  I've called my representative and senator to ask for their support of of these bills to put control of redistricting into the hands of a bi-partisan commission.   [don't forget to thank the staffer for their time]
(B) That's fantastic that there's a scheduled date!  Please thank Senator Huffman on my behalf.  [don't forget to thank the staffer for their time]
  • Last thing to do:  send her an email to remind her of your call.

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