Letter-Writing Guidelines

Letter-Writing Guidelines

As a TSU student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or alumna, or as a supporter of TSU and public higher education, you can help make a difference by taking a few minutes to write to your elected officials telling them how you feel about current higher education funding issues facing the Texas Legislature.

Letters are easy to write, don't have to take a lot of time, and can-and do-help influence lawmakers who need to be made aware of their constituents' concerns.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing your elected officials:

  • Use your personal stationery.
  • Introduce yourself as a constituent, and then mention you are a student, faculty or staff member, alumnus or alumna, or supporter of TSU and its universities.
  • Be brief and to the point when giving your reason(s) for writing. Explain your concern for the future of public colleges and universities and why they should receive higher budget priority.
  • Conclude by thanking your government official for his or her time and cooperation.

Caution: If you are a TSU faculty or staff member planning to contact any member of the State Legislature, you must do it as a private citizen, not using any state resources, including staff time, letterhead, postage, computing time, etc.

The Honorable Rick Perry
Governor of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711


512-463-1849 (fax)


Dear Governor Perry:



The Honorable David Dewhurst
Lieutenant Governor
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711


512-463-0039 (fax)


Dear Governor Dewhurst:



The Honorable Tom Craddick
Speaker of the House
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910


512-463-0675 (fax)


Dear Speaker Craddick:



To learn the name(s) of your legislator(s), phone your County Clerk's office (Brazoria: 409-849-5711, ext. 1351; Fort Bend: 281-341-8685; Galveston: 409-766-2245; Harris: 713-755-6411; Montgomery: 409-539-7885; Victoria: 512-575-1478). Click here for state senators or here for state representatives.



The Honorable (your Senator's full name)
Texas State Senate
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711


512-463-0326 (fax)


Dear Senator (last name):



The Honorable (your Representative's full name)
Texas House of Representatives
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910


512-463-5896 (fax)


Dear Representative (last name):